The Northwest once again finds itself in a weather-pattern and water-supply identity crisis this year. The water-supply forecast has gone from “okay” in December, to “oh no – a drought,” in early February, to “looking great,” most recently. That said, what has been a bumpy ride since December could become challenging again very quickly.
Let’s review: The first forecast in December 2013 predicted a water year in the mid-90-percent range of average. However, late January/early February forecasts dipping to near 80 percent of average prompted acting BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer to write in his weekly update to employees that BPA secondary revenues could come under pressure. He asked executives to look at “options for cost containment.”