BISMARCK — The Missouri River at Bismarck is expected to remain at a higher-than-normal level through August, according to U.S. Sen. John Hoeven's office.
Hoeven, R-N.D., said he spoke with John Remus, chief of the Missouri River Water Management Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who told him the Corps does not plan to increase Garrison Dam water releases of 46,000 cubic feet per second, but that the river will remain at the current high level through August.
"We've been closely monitoring the Corps' management of the Missouri River to ensure that they prevent flooding in North Dakota, especially now with the high river levels," Hoeven said.
The Missouri River at Bismarck has not reached a flood stage, the Bismarck Tribune reported. As of noon Thursday, the river was at 11.73 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Minor flood stage is 14.5 feet.
Officials with Burleigh and Morton counties say higher Garrison Dam releases result in erosion along the shorelines of the Missouri River, and officials are asking watercraft users to operate them away from the riverbanks to reduce the damage from large wakes.
The increased water releases also mean the Missouri River current is faster, stronger and bringing large debris, including whole trees, down the river. Officials are urging the public to take necessary precautions on the river.