RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Truckee River was visibly lower on Tuesday, and it has little to do with the changes caused by a third straight summer of drought.
The Truckee River must maintain a water flow rate of 500 cubic feet per second, and on Monday, the river lost 150 CFS as runoff from the Stampede Reservoir in Truckee was shut off.
State Climatologist Doug Boyle watched from Rock Park as the water dropped. "Up till July 1, they were running an extra 150 CFS for the fish that was being released out of Stampede."
County and tribal stream flow permits end in July, and officials from the Federal Water Master's office said the area has enough storage to maintain 500 CFS through the rest of the month. The Stampede water, in part, was used to sustain a healthy fish habitat.
Nevada Department of Wildlife Public Information Officer Chris Healy said river flow will be manageable through the summer. "They’re not going to be ideal for fishermen or ideal for people who want to wade the river."
He also says fish are searching for cold, oxygenated water and those deep, shaded holes are now fewer and far between. "This time of year you are not going to find the fish in the shallows, like (how) you might find them in the spring or in the fall."