PRINEVILLE, OR -- The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing less water from Bowman Dam, due to conditions at Prineville Reservoir. Federal officials say reducing fish and wildlife winter flows from 65 to 50 cubic feet per second means less available Chinook and steelhead habitat. But, they believe it’s a necessary step to conserve water for the future.
The decision was made last week with coordination from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries, based on dry conditions experienced in recent months, which are expected to continue.
Arthur R. Bowman Dam is on the Crooked River, about 20 miles southeast of Prineville.