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Water release decreases out of McKay Dam

PENDLETON, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation has decreased the amount of water being released from McKay Dam.

It's now down to 100 cubic feet per second. Despite a flood watch in effect until Monday, the Bureau of Reclamation, as well as the National Weather Service, said they will watch the conditions.

However, they say the amount of rain projected over the next several days has been decreasing. 

“With the continued downgrade in the amount of forecasted rainfall, and the normal storage space available, we will begin refilling the reservoir with the incoming rainfall,” said Sean Kimbrel, Umatilla Field Office manager.

Right now the McKay Reservoir is currently at 97% of normal capacity. It provides water supply for irrigation, and fish and wildlife during the summer. 


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