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|Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:38 am Post subject: Navajo Dam spring operations update
Posting some information about our spring peak release this year. As you know we have a lot of snowpack so the release will likely be a long one. I'm posting updates to the details every two weeks on our website. The link is at the bottom of the public notice I'm posting below. Call if you have questions.
Susan Novak Behery, P.E.
Western Colorado Area Office
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO UNIT FORECAST FOR SPRING OPERATIONS
March 15, 2017
High snowpack in the San Juan River Basin this year has led to an above-average inflow forecast into the reservoir. Reclamation will be conducting a spring peak release from Navajo Dam, peaking at 5,000 cfs, to accommodate incoming inflows into the reservoir.
The shape and timing of the release hydrograph will be coordinated with the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program's (SJRIP) flow recommendations and will be made to balance recovery program benefits with potential flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to match the peak timing of the Animas River to maximize the peak at the San Juan at Four Corners gage while remaining below the US Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo and the confluence with the Animas in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington. During the release, Reclamation will coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies.
Reclamation is hosting a public meeting about the 2017 spring operations on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W Arrington Street in Farmington, New Mexico.
Projected spring operations will be updated on our website every two weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Navajo Dam Operations website at https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html for updates.