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Old 08-16-2016   #11
 
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Water movement in winter has nothing to do with rec purposes. Wish it would be moved like you say, but don't hold your breath. Used to see 700 at parkdale til labor day. From now on it will revert to native flows.
While this is a true statement, some of us manage to recreate through the winter on the water that is moved then.

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Hopefully with more cold water gear I'll join that crowd. Last run last year was canon town run in early November.
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Hopefully with more cold water gear I'll join that crowd. Last run last year was canon town run in early November.
With the right gear and the bright Colorado sun the rio can be comfortable as long as its not frozen. And when they're moving water it is almost always open all the way up to Pine Creek. 50 weeks last year?
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Looks like its coming dn, why don't they move water now instead of in the dead of winter. At least pulse it with weekend releases. That would certainly be a more natural flow regime mimicking monsoon season.

Seems like commercial rafters and the communities in general would benefit more. I mean usually money talks and...
Fishing. They drop flows to natural, native levels in the late summer/early autumn for the trout spawning. Then they don't raise levels until around Memorial Day in the spring for the fry emergence. The AHRA's biologist has determined that releasing water over the winter months doesn't negatively affect the trout growth.....and believe it or not fishing brings a ton of money into the community too.

They don't need to release water to mimic monsoon patterns. The majority of the basin is not controlled by dams, so we get multiple pulses of water from rain a season. Plus the BOR tends to pass increases in native flow from rain straight through to the river.
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