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2021 Bleak Water Outlook Continues


In virtually every category of measurement for snow, water, forecasted flows on the upper Madison in 2021 things continue to look bleak. After an exceptionally dry winter, water managers are now considering holding off on the annual "flushing flow" regime where a few weeks out of the spring, flows are artificially elevated from Hebgen lake into the upper Madison timed with peak runoff from the West Fork Madison. The management goal has been to scour sediment from the river for spawning gravel habitat. But, given conditions this winter/spring there's a good chance that won't happen. We should know this week.