Bitterroot River Snowpack and Streamflow are Now Below Average
Now, recreationists and farmers and ranchers are looking at the streamflow forecasts for the valley.
The most recent figures from the USDA Natural Resources and conservation Service (NRCS) show the levels are below average and much below levels last year.
Checking the snowpack first, For the Bitterroot River drainage, the snowcourse levels are 85 percent of normal and only 73 percent of last year at this time.
Forecasts of the Bitterroot River levels from April through July 31 are 83 percent of average. That's assuming near normal moisture and runoffs during the spring and summer.
The Bozeman office of the NRCS released statewide figures which showed above average snowpack in the north central portion of Montana, which has been hammered by numerous Canadian and Alaskan snowstorms. The rest of the state is a little below average.