Target flows

The program uses incentive-based water projects to provide sufficient water to and through the central Platte River habitat area to assist in improving and maintaining habitat for the target species. The program focuses on re-timing and improving flows to reduce target flow shortages by an average of 130,000 to 150,000 acre-feet per year. In addition to the improved flow conditions, small pulse flows in the spring are intended to create vegetation-free sand bars suitable for plover and tern nesting.

Flow re-timing is accomplished in part by releases from the Environmental Account (EA) in Lake McConaughy. The EA is a portion of the water stored in Lake McConaughy that is set aside and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the benefit of the target species. Other actions include slightly revised operations of other water systems; general re-timing of Platte River system water projects and other project management actions; and implementation of new water supply and conservation projects in the basin.

View current and past streamflow conditions

Period Dates Wet Normal Dry
1 January 1-31 1,000 CFS 1,000 CFS 600 CFS
2 February 1-14 1,800 CFS 1,800 CFS 1,200 CFS
3 February 15-28 3,350 CFS 3,350 CFS 2,250 CFS
4 March 1-15 3,350 CFS 3,350 CFS 2,250 CFS
5 March 16–22 1,800 CFS 1,800 CFS 1,200 CFS
6 March 23-31 2,400 CFS 2,400 CFS 1,700 CFS
7 April 1–30 2,400 CFS 2,400 CFS 1,700 CFS
8 May 1-10 2,400 CFS 2,400 CFS 1,700 CFS
9 May 11–19 1,200 CFS 1,200 CFS 800 CFS
10 May 20-26 4,900 CFS 3,400 CFS 800 CFS
11 May 27–31 3,400 CFS 3,400 CFS 800 CFS
12 June 1-20 3,400 CFS 3,400 CFS 800 CFS
13 June 21-30 1,200 CFS 1,200 CFS 800 CFS
14 July 1-31 1,200 CFS 1,200 CFS 800 CFS
15 August 1-31 1,200 CFS 1,200 CFS 800 CFS
16 September 1-15 1,200 CFS 1,200 CFS 800 CFS
17 September 16-30 1,000 CFS 1,000 CFS 600 CFS
18 October 1-31 2,400 CFS 1,800 CFS 1,300 CFS
19 November 1– 15 2,400 CFS 1,800 CFS 1,300 CFS
20 November 16-30 1,000 CFS 1,000 CFS 600 CFS
21 December 1-31 1,000 CFS 1,000 CFS 600 CFS