Corps expecting above normal runoff into Missouri River all year

PIERRE, S.D. (KCCR) – The Army Corps of Engineers is expecting above normal runoff into the Missouri River all year in 2020. Officials with the Corps and National Weather Service held a briefing on the river Thursday. Kevin Lowe with the National Weather Service’s Missouri Basin River Forecast Center says plains snow pack is mostly limited to South Dakota.

Kevin Grode with the Corp’s Missouri River Water Management Division says mountain snowpack slightly above average and just about maxed out.

Mike Swenson, also with the Corps Water Management Division says the Oahe reservoir still has a lot of space to collect runoff.

The Corps of Engineers will begin holding public meetings at communities along the Missouri River in early April. A meeting is scheduled for the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center on Tuesday, April 7 at 2 p.m.