Panhandle water supply looking good

Print Article

SANDPOINT — February precipitation was much higher than average in the Panhandle, but the region still manages to trail water supplies in the rest of the state, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The water supply in the northern Panhandle is forecasted to be between 90 percent and 109 percent of average from April to July. As of March 1, snowpack in the tip of the Panhandle and into northwestern Montana is 94 percent to 99 percent of median, according to NRCS’s report.

“Snowpack in the Panhandle Region is the lowest in the state with respect to normal, but big gains were observed during February, and the snowpack is now about 90 to 100% of median, with more storms predicted in March,” the monthly report said.

Monthly precipitation in February, as a percentage of the 1981 to 2010 average, are 236 percent to 281 percent in the northern Panhandle. Those averages dipped somewhat south of Lake Pend Oreille and in the Clearwater Basin, but skyrocketed in Salmon and Upper Snake river basins, which are more than 300 percent of average in some areas.

Year-to-date precipitation as of March 1 is 131-150 percent of average in the northern Panhandle, the NRCS report states

The storage and streamflow forecasts for Pend Oreille and Priest lakes are 88 percent and 107 percent of average, respectively.

“Streamflow forecasts are near normal, and forecast volumes range from 90 to 115 percent of average in these northern Idaho basins. Water supplies should be adequate based on these March 1 streamflow forecasts,” the NRCS report said.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Spokane man charged with attempted murder

April 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm | Bonner County Daily Bee LACLEDE — A Spokane man has been charged with the attempted murder of a Bonner County man after authorities responded to a reported stabbing in Laclede on Sunday. The victim, whose name has not been...

Comments

Read More

Violent attack lands Priest River man in jail

April 12, 2017 at 6:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT ­— Two Bonner County men have been implicated in an extended attack that hospitalized another man. Lance Joseph Sinka was arrested last weekend on charges of first-degree kidnapping, aggra...

Comments

Read More

Big game rules are online

April 12, 2017 at 6:00 am | Priest River Times COEUR d’ALENE — The Idaho big game hunting brochure for 2017 and 2018 seasons is available now on the Fish and Game web site at https://idfg.idaho.gov/rules/big-game. The brochure, which contains se...

Comments

Read More

Idaho gas costs stick

April 12, 2017 at 6:00 am | Priest River Times BOISE – National average gas prices have increased for 14 of the past 15 days, but Idaho pump prices continue to head in the opposite direction. Across the Gem State, gas prices have been on the dec...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 448-2431
P.O. Box 159
310 Church Street
Sandpoint Idaho 83864

©2017 Priest River Times Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X