Water, Water – Higher, Higher
Some residents in southern Idaho are becoming concerned about the water level in the Snake River. Residents in the Mini-Cassia have already experienced some high water levels causing some concern. In Hagerman, residents along the river are also watching the water level creep upwards but so far there’s been no flooding. The cooler temperatures this spring has kept snowpack in the higher elevations from melting, prompting the Bureau of Reclamation to lower the water levels in Jackson and Palisades reservoirs to prepare for the runoff. That is making the river rise. However, BUREC officials say there probably won’t be any more big changes in the river levels. They say when temperatures warm up and more water is taking from the river for irrigation purposes the levels should drop. Authorities emphasize the fact that the river level now is not nearly as high as it was in 1997.