For the ninth time in the past 10 years, water flows on the Little Spokane River have dropped below the state’s minimum flow level.
Junior water-right holders are being asked to curtail their use of river water for irrigation and other purposes during the current low-flow period.
Keeping the stream flow above the minimum is needed to protect fish, wildlife and other parts of the habitat, according to a news release from the state Department of Ecology today.
On Monday, one stream gauge measured flow at 109 cubic feet per second, which is below the minimum of 115 cfs.
Senior, or older, water right holders are not affected by the current restriction, according to DOE.
Junior water-right holders can call an ecology stream hotline through Sept. 30 to check on water-use restrictions. The number is (866)645-7358.