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How do you clean a river? Increase its flow. It's coming March 21.

How do you clean a river? Increase its flow. It's coming March 21.

(Cody, Wyo.) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department cautions sportsmen and recreationists to be aware of sizeable increases in water flows in the Bighorn River March 21-22 as part of a flushing flow project. The Bureau of Reclamation will begin releasing additional water from Boysen Reservoir causing flows in the river below Boysen Dam to fluctuate from 600 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 5000 cfs. Beginning Monday, March 21 at 2 a.m., flows released from the dam will increase to 3000 cfs and further increased to 5000 cfs at approximately 7 a.m. Flows will remain at 5000 cfs for ten hours before being gradually reduced to 600 cfs by approximately 10 a.m. March 22. Game and Fish advises the public to be aware of the potential dangers related to flushing flows. Sportsmen wading or floating the river during this time should consider the fluctuating water levels. Areas that can be waded effectively at 600 cfs may not be accessible at 5000 cfs. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has requested the flushing flow in order to clean fine sediments from fish spawning habitats and to increase production of invertebrates that fish depend on for food. Flushing flows have been a regular occurrence on the river since 2005 and have dramatically improved wild rainbow trout recruitment in the Bighorn River. For more information, contact Joe Skorupski at 307-527-7125. *Feature photo: Trout on the Bighorn. / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news