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Corps Estimates on Lake Sakakawea

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While managers deal with an expected higher-than-normal runoff in the Souris-Mouse River system this spring, the Corps of Engineers is preparing to operate under drought conservation rules on the Missouri River.

Discharges from Garrison Dam have been going down in the past two weeks - they stand today at just under 19-thousand CFS and will keep dropping to about 15,500 CFS in the next several days.

The level of Lake Sakakawea is expected to rise about a foot over the course of this month.

And the lake is projected to gain another foot or two by summer and be around 1830 feet this summer...that's about five to nine feet below the summer average level for the reservoir.

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