Last week’s massive storm provided needed moisture

This picture from a couple of years ago shows Meeks Cabin full to the brim as a result of the snow melt in the Uintas. BVCC is now regulating the inflow and outflow to bring the reservoir up from its super low point last fall. PIONEER FILE PHOTO

BRIDGER VALLEY — Last week’s storm has helped the moisture situation statewide, and the water sources for Bridger Valley are definitely on the upturn.

According to the Monday, March 22, Bridger Valley Water Conservancy district, the inflow for Meeks Cabin was about 25 cubic second feet, with was down slightly from the week before. This could be credited to the cooler temperatures that have followed the monstrous storm as the SLC TV stations have reported this week, temperatures have been about 10 degrees below normal instead of above normal before the storm.

The irrigation storage at Meeks is at 17 percent and the water level is growing as only about 10 csf is being released in the outerworks.

The water in Stateline is also being increased as the inflow is about six csf and the irrigation storage is about nine percent. The water being release is about 4 cfs.

The March 23 report by the Natural Resources Conservation Service indicates the area providing water to Bridger Valley is near normal. The only area with a higher percentage is the Yellowstone Headwaters in Wyoming, with is over 100 percent.

As for the lower Green which encompases the waters in the Uintas such as the Blacks Fork junction, and the East Fork of the Blacks Fork, Hewinta, plus Hams Fork, Henry’s Fork, Hole in the Rock and more, the basin’s index is at 99 percent of the snow water equivalent. And, the basin is at 96 percent of the snow average.

The Upper Green, which provides moisture for parts of Wyoming north of this area, is at an 88 percent water equivalent and 84 percent of snow average. As for the Upper Bear, which feeds the western portion of Uinta County and parts of Utah, the snow water equivalent is at 83 percent and it is at 79 percent of the snow average.




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