Lost Creek water releases will ease today and tomorrow

With this week's hot spell over, water releases from Lost Creek Lake into the upper Rogue River will ease some today and Saturday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 1 p.m. today will start cutting flows from the reservoir, lopping 100 cubic feet per second off in two installments today and two more Saturday, according to the Corps.

That will trim releases from 2,400 cfs earlier today to 2,000 cfs at 5 p.m. Saturday, according to the Corps.

The releases were cut after consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and other agencies.

In the spring, ODFW biologists ask for increased or decreased Lost Creek Lake releases to maintain cool enough water flows in the Rogue to protect migrating spring chinook salmon from warm-water-related diseases.

— Mark Freeman

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