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With the spring water forecast improving, the Bureau of Reclamation has decided to bump up the release from Yellowtail Dam into the Bighorn River by another 250 cubic feet per second.

Right now, the river is running at 3,000 cfs.

"Additional adjustments throughout the upcoming weeks will be likely as the runoff develops," according to an email from Dan Jewell, BuRec's area manager.

"As a point of reference, last year the reservoir received 1.5 million acre feet of water during April through July," wrote Doug Haacke, of the Bighorn River Alliance, in an email. "That's enough water to completely fill the reservoir once and have a spare 100,000 ac/ft to spare. The current April - July inflow forecast is calling for 1.4 million acre feet."

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