How do you flush a river? Increase the flow. It's coming March 21st

*Feature Photo: The river enters the canyon at the tunnels on Highway 20/789. On March 21st the annual flushing flow will greatly increase water coming out of Boysen Dam into the River. (Pitchengine Communities) * (Boysen Dam, Wyo.) - The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has scheduled a flushing flow in the Wind/Big Horn River downstream of Boysen Dam on March 21-22, at which point the flow of the river will be greatly increased, according to BOR Wyoming Area Manager, Carlie Ronca. This operation is at the request of, and in coordination with, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “The purpose of the flushing flow is to improve trout reproduction by flushing fine sediments from spawning gravels in the river,” said Ronca. "The flushing flow also improves insect production in the stream by opening up interstitial spaces between gravels and cobbles. The flushing flow is generally welcomed by anglers because it provides easier wading conditions." Following the flushing flow, there is also a reduction in floating algae. Flows in the river below Boysen Dam will fluctuate from 600 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 5000 cfs during the flushing flow. On Mar. 21 at 2:00 a.m., the release of water from Boysen Dam will be increased to 3,000 cfs and further increased to 5,000 cfs at approximately 7:00 a.m. for 10 hours before being reduced gradually back to 600 cfs by approximately 10:00 a.m. on Mar. 22, 2016. The public is urged to use extreme caution during this period of rapid fluctuation of flows below Boysen Dam. #springcity #county10 #news