The long, hot summer of 2012 has had a "critical" effect on Gem State water supplies, and Idaho Power announced late today that boaters, rafters and anglers can expect reductions to the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam. Additionally, flows from the Salmon River continue to steadily decline, according to Idaho Power.
"Both factors will be watched closely over the next two weeks," said a statement from Idaho Power.
In order to keep public boat ramps within Brownlee Reservoir open through the Labor Day weekend, Idaho Power said it may have to begin passing inflows through the Hells Canyon Complex.
As of this afternoon, Bronwlee's elevation was 2,057 feet above sea level. That's 20 feet below full, but according to Idaho Power, it is "high enough to ensure all the public boat ramps are usable, with the exception of Holcomb Park."