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SRP stopping releases of Verde River water this weekend

March 29, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The Salt River Project says it will stop releasing excess water from two Verde River reservoirs this weekend because snowmelt runoff is decreasing and there is less chance of more significant storms.

The utility says its total Verde River storage system was at 99 percent of capacity Thursday, up from 45 percent in mid-December, while the Salt River’s larger storage system was at 74 percent.

Charlie Ester, SRP manager of surface water resources, said most of the snowpack has melted because of warming temperatures.

The SRP began releasing Verde River water Feb. 28. Ester says most of it has flowed into the Salt River through metro Phoenix and helped recharge the aquifer.

Este says the Verde River snowpack peaked at 137 percent of normal while the Salt River snowpack reached 120 percent.