Officials: Missouri River will see 80 percent of normal runoff because of less mountain snow


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OMAHA, Nebraska — Less water is being released from the Missouri River's dams this spring because officials expect only 80 percent of the normal amount of water to flow into the river basin this year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday that it cut the amount of water released from the dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border because of the reduced water forecast.

Officials say that the mountain snowpack in the upper Missouri River basin is 68 percent of normal. And between the Fort Peck and Garrison dams, the snowpack is about 74 percent of normal.

The Corps expects to be able to provide enough water for barge traffic for at least half the normal season.

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