[REGIONAL NEWS] Lake Powell elevation up 23 feet

Water flows over the spillway at the East Canyon Dam on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Utah reservoirs are full or near full for the first time in years./ Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News

By Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News

A trio of northern Utah reservoirs fed by the Weber and Ogden rivers are spilling, and most reservoirs in the state will fill over the next few days as more snow comes off the mountains.

“East Canyon and Echo are spilling as is Lost Creek. Causey Reservoir is a question mark,” said Gary Henrie, a civil engineer and hydrologist with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Provo-area office.

Pineview lacks a spillway but instead uses gates to release water. Henrie said they will likely crack the gate at Pineview to release water as it sits at 100 percent of capacity.

Some of the reservoirs are in the midst of receiving peak runoff flows, while others are just finishing up, Henrie said. The bureau and reservoir managers feel they hit a safe space as far as the river flows go so that the reservoirs can be topped off for storage purposes.


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