A. Human life & safety are our priority in reservoir operations and serving the Missouri River system's eight Congressionally-authorized purposes of Flood Control, Hydropower, Navigation, Water Supply, Irrigation, Water Quality, Recreation, and Fish and Wildlife in accordance with the Master Manual.
The Missouri River System operates to serve all eight Congressionally authorized purposes. The system's operational priorities are determined by runoff conditions. Since March 2018 we have been operating for flood control as the runoff-driven purpose. During a more normal runoff year, releases are set to achieve downstream targets for system purposes such as navigation and water supply.
From an operational perspective, the authorized purpose of Fish and Wildlife allows various agencies to stock the reservoirs with fish and recreational access to water is available in reservoirs and along the river at boat ramps and beaches. As has been seen this year, numerous campground and boat ramp closures have resulted from high water levels.