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North Idaho has 'water in the bank'

Snowpack, water supply off to great start in North Idaho

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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:00 am

The water supply and snowpack season in North Idaho is off to a promising start, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Above-normal precipitation the past three months has made the water year 143 percent of normal for the entire Panhandle region, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which conducted its first snow survey of the water year at the end of December.

"There is some water in the bank," said Ron Abramovich, Idaho NRCS water supply specialist. "Idaho's reservoirs should be in good shape this year with some stored water and snow in the high country waiting to melt and fill them up."

North Idaho snowpack has increased steadily since early November. Jan. 1 snowpack is 126 percent of normal in the northern Panhandle and 91 percent of normal in the Spokane River Basin.

Mountain snowpacks vary from 80 percent to 160 percent of normal across the state. This year elevation is playing a critical role in where the snow falls and accumulates - the higher the mountains, the better the snowpack.

Pend Oreille, Coeur d'Alene and Priest lakes are all storing more water than at this point last year. Streamflow forecasts range from near normal for the Spokane River and the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River to up to 124 percent of normal for the Moyie River.

Many Idaho reservoirs are near average with the exception of some in central and southern Idaho, the report states.

"After a long, dry summer that recorded minimal valley and mountain precipitation because of the dominating high pressure ridge that stopped storms from tracking into the state, the gates finally opened up," the report states.

NRCS conducts snow surveys at the end of each month from December through May to make snow runoff predictions and water supply forecasts used in managing Idaho's water resources. The water year starts Oct. 1.

For more information about the report, snowpack, precipitation, runoff and water supplies for specific basins, visit

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  • truthful1 posted at 9:32 am on Sun, Jan 13, 2013.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    awww.....deniers are so cute! Go back to WND and the freepers'll be happier there where you don't have to worry about reality. Meanwhile, let the adults get on with the necessary work, k? We won't bother you any, just fix your mistakes. That's a nice lil boy - here's your lollipop!

  • max power posted at 8:43 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    max power Posts: 559

    You'll have to much better than using a libtard website like wikipedia. Nice try though Kool-Aid drinker!

  • truthful1 posted at 4:24 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    read this lil buddy:

  • max power posted at 12:58 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    max power Posts: 559

    Says who? Al Gore and his libtard global warming nutballs don't have much credibility anymore...

  • truthful1 posted at 9:44 am on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    Excellent news since the west, as a whole, is looking at increasing drought levels over the next few decades.

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