Truckee River flowing faster as water managers hope to make room for more snow melt
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
The water flows of the Truckee River are currently 3.5 times the average rate, thanks to early snow melt as well as precaution.
Crews have been releasing water from Lake Tahoe and other upstream reservoirs since the end of February to make room for snow melt still to come.
Lake Tahoe has gained nearly 4 feet of water since Jan. 1, and it is well above its natural rim. So water is now flowing at a controlled rate out of Tahoe City and into the river.
The Truckee Meadows water master is working to keep flood space in other upstream reservoirs as well.
Prossier Reservoir is low, but Stampede and Boca are already near 80 percent of their capacity, so the balancing act of maintain room for spring snow melt is already in action.
How much of the additional water is snow melt though? According to the California Nevada River Forecast Center, the Truckee River gained 1.58 inches of snow melt this past week. Another 1.46 inches of snow melt is in the forecast as we head into this week.