YAKIMA, Wash. — A wet April provided a further boost to the summer water supply outlook for farmers and fish in the Yakima River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation said Monday.
All water users will have a full supply. A forecast issued a month ago classified supplies as near normal.
But precipitation at more than 180 percent of normal last month improved prospects for the summer.
“The water conditions at the end of April in the Yakima Basin have reservoir levels above average, while snowpack is near average at most sites and below average at a few,” bureau river operations supervisor Chuck Garner said in a news release.
The forecast, issued each month through July, is based on precipitation, snowpack and reservoir storage at the first of the month.
Below-normal precipitation the rest of the summer would result in an estimated 87 percent of a full supply for holders of junior water rights.
Overall precipitation is 91 percent of average, while storage in the five major reservoirs is 119 percent of average.
Water content in the snowpack is about average. The reservoirs are at 90 percent of capacity.