Above-Average Snowpack and Projected Runoff Will Send More Water From Lake Powell to Lake Mead

The Bureau of Reclamation released its 24-Month Study on Thursday, April 20, which includes an increase to downstream flows from Lake Powell to Lake Mead of up to 9.5 million acre-feet (maf) this water year, which runs from (October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023.

According to a press release from the Bureau of Reclamation, Glen Canyon Dam’s annual release volume for water year 2023 was initially set at 7.0 maf, based on the August 2022 24-Month Study, and is now projected to increase to up to 9.5 maf because of high snowpack this winter and projected runoff in the Colorado River Basin this spring.