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Cup runneth over at Scofield dam

Water cascades over the concrete spillway at the dam Saturday.

Sun Advocate associate editor

As expected, the water level at Scofield Reservoir has reached the top and is now cascading down the spillway.

Bureau of Reclamation spokesman Barry Wirth said the flow rate out of the reservoir is at 425 cubic feet per second. That is only a bit more than the 400 cfs BOR was releasing in a controlled release earlier this month.

In a little more than a month, the reservoir has more than doubled its content and has risen 15 feet. Scofield stood at 7,604 feet on May 11, and by Monday reached 7,619.72. Its content swelled from 31,711 acre feet to 71,978 in the same period.

Wirth said that the BOR has shut off the controlled outlet to keep the reservoir topped off for summer irrigation season.

The bureau began controlled releases of 250 cubic feet per second on May 20, and increased that to 400 cfs as runoff accelerated.

It allowed the lake to spill last week to test the newly-constructed spillway.

Meanwhile, the surge of the White River has tapered off, which means that tributary is not dumping as much water into the Price

River as it was earlier this spring.

Huntington Creek was also roaring as Electric Lake is releasing water to keep pace with the runoff.

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