Originally Posted by ag3dw
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.