ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge Reservoir is 87 percent full and has taken in more water this year than it has released, despite a severe drought gripping other parts of the Colorado River basin in the West.
The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reported Saturday inflows to Flaming Gorge have been nearly 99 percent of average.
Flaming Gorge is on the Green River, a major tributary of the Colorado.
Lake Mead, a reservoir on the lower Colorado, is at historic lows amid a 14-year drought and is currently only 38 percent full.
However, Upper Colorado River Basin states are fulfilling their obligation to the lower states, so Flaming Gorge and other reservoirs don’t have to be drawn down to fill Lake Mead.
The Upper Basin states are Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.