Audio: Missouri River Basin Water Management - July 9, 2013
Audio by Cheryl Moore
Despite two consecutive months of higher-than-normal runoff, drought conditions persist across much of the Missouri River basin and mainstem reservoir levels remain below normal. "Even though June rainfall was two to three times normal in eastern Montana, runoff in the upper basin was only slightly above normal," said Jody Farhat, Chief of the Missouri River Water Management Division. The basin continues to recover from the 2012 drought and reservoir levels in Fort Peck, Garrison and Oahe remain two to seven feet below the desired operating levels."