<HTML> <HEAD> <TITLE>96 US Northwest River Forecast Down to 89%, Reuters, The Seattle Times</TITLE> </HEAD> <body bgcolor="FFFFFF" text="000000" link="0000FF" vlink="FF0000" alink="0000FF"> <basefont face="Arial, Tahoma, Times New Roman" size="3" color="#000033"> <TABLE border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0"> <TR align="left" valign="top"> <td><small> <A href="https://sgi25.netservers.net/bluefish.org/thefilm.htm">the film</A><br> <A href="forum.htm">forum</A><br> <A href="library.htm">library</A><br> <A href="tutorial.htm">tutorial</A><br> <A href="contact.htm">contact</A> </small></td> <TD> <A href="economic.htm"><img src="images/economic.gif" border="0" width="110" height="110" align="center" alt="Economic and dam related articles"></a> <TD> <CENTER><FONT FACE="Arial, Helvetica" COLOR="0000FF"> <strong><BIG><H2 align="center">US Northwest River Forecast Down to 89%</H2> </BIG></STRONG></FONT><FONT COLOR="FF0000">by Reuters <BR>The Seattle Times, June 28, 2007</FONT></CENTER> </TABLE> <HR> <p align="left"> Thu Jun 28, 2007 6:22 PM ET

NEW YORK, June 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Northwest River Forecast Center (NWRFC) on Thursday forecast water runoff at The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River in Oregon of 89 percent of normal form January through July, down from 90 percent in a June 21 forecast.

That is well below the actual flow of water through The Dalles from January-July in the 2005-2006 season of 107 percent of the 30-year (1971-2000) normal.

The Dalles is the next-to-last dam on the lower Columbia River and a key point to measure the volume of water available for power generation in the Northwest.

The Northwest region receives about 65 percent of its power supplies from hydroelectric dams.

The Portland, Oregon-based NWRFC is an arm of the National Weather Service (NWS), which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The following is a table showing recent forecasts and last year's actual runoff in relation to percentage versus the 30-year normal.

River / Period Jun 28 Jun 21 pvs year
Station   pct avg
pct avg
pct avg
The Dalles, OR Jan-Jul 89% 90% 107%
  Columbia River Apr-Aug 86% 87% 105%
Mica Reservoir, BC Jan-Jul 117% 119% 104%
  Columbia River Feb-Sep 117% 119% 95%
Arrow Lakes, BC Jan-Jul 112% 113% 99%
  Columbia River Apr-Sep 113% 114% 91%
Grand Coulee Dam, WA Jan-Jul 102% 103% 106%
  Columbia River Apr-Sep 100% 101% 100%
Lower Granite, WA Jan-Jul 64% 64% 107%
  Snake River Apr-Sep 59% 59% 113%

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