The United States Bureau of Reclamation operations is going to lower Guernsey below the usable boat ramp levels before Labor Day weekend in order to replace the Guernsey Powerplant intake gate.
Once reduced to a river level, the reservoir will not be refilled until March 2022
Water levels at Alcova go up ten feet in April as the Bureau of Reclamation does the annual reservoir refill in anticipation of the irrigation season.
Area Manager, John Lawson says, while the refill itself is standard, it will play a role in alleviating expected high runoff and inflow into the entire reservoir system this spring.
Federal reservoir managers began releasing water into the North Platte in eastern Wyoming, making room for heavy runoff from deep snow, but ice on the river and fluctuating temperatures will slow releases upriver.