Alcova Reservoir to begin refilling; levels to rise in April

Alcova Reservoir, Wyoming via USBR
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March 20, 2024 — The United States Bureau of Reclamation announced yesterday that Wyoming’s Alcova ReservoirOpens in a new tab. will begin its annual refilling process on Monday, April 1. Throughout April, water levels are expected to rise by 10 feet, averaging a daily increase of five inches.

The reservoir should remain at its summer operating level (elevation 5,498 feet, with minor fluctuations) until October 1. The Bureau of Reclamation advises recreationists and reservoir users to be mindful of the rising water levels.

Increased water levels will be completed by May 1 to ensure timely deliveries to the Casper-Alcova Irrigation District canal. Alcova Dam, located on the North Platte River, is a key part of the North Platte Project. It diverts water into the Casper Canal to irrigate approximately 24,000 acres near Casper, Wyoming. The reservoir is deliberately kept at lower levels during winter to protect the canal diversion structure from ice damage.


Alcova ReservoirOpens in a new tab. via US Bureau of Reclamation press release


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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