How is the dry spring going to affect Fort Peck this summer?
By angelamontana

Posted: April 8, 2021

Darin J. McMurry Operations Project Manager of  the Fort Peck Project for the US Army Corp of Engineers based out of Fort Peck had this update on water elevation for Fort Peck this summer

“During March the snowpack conditions did not improve as the reach above Fort Peck shows lower snowpack, down from 95% on MAR 1 to 88% of average on April 1.  As you are aware conditions are extremely dry across eastern Montana, and as of yesterday a number of counties and the Fort Peck Tribe initiated fire restrictions or bans.

As you look at the forecast sheet for the Basic Condition or most likely scenario, please note current elevation is 2233.4 and conditions indicate a peak elevation for Fort Peck near the end of July at 2236.8.  This is a minor adjustment down of only 0.2 feet from the March 1 forecast for the end of July.

Hopefully we will see some changes in our weather/moisture trends as we move further into Spring”.

You can check boat ramp water elevations for the Missouri River region here: https://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/ftpkramps.html