Here is the snowpack % from the Ark and yesterday's dump is not included as it takes a day or two to show up on the graph.. As you can see we are just about 1 storm away from the snowpack levels from last year.
As you can see we are at 103% as of today..
Spring flows on the Ark are managed for the fish as well as the fall and all winter. The DOW and fisherpeople feel that flows in the ark should be very very low or in the 150cfs range in the fall and spring.
So when you look at flows on the ark there is only 4 to maybe 6 weeks in the year where the flows are managed for boaters. Every year it is a fight to even get this water as the DOW and fisherfolks would like to see the flow program for boaters cut way back or totally eliminated. This year the proposal put forth by the dow would likely leave 0 water for the flow program 2 out of 10 years.
The only water us boater see is the VMP water that starts when the ark's natural flows drop below 700 cfs at wellsville and that is usually sometime in mid to late July and legally these flows stop on Aug 15th.
SO what does that mean for us lookin to boat the ark in 2010... Well all that water we saw go down from Twin in making room for the intrabasin water (this year 50k acre ft). The fisherfolks want suh low flows in the spring (for the caddis hatch) that they forced the water folks to move this water early this year. I would like to see them move that water in April so we all could boat on it..
2 problems I see with this new push by DOW is that the water is moved before we know snowpack so if it does not snow late the Ark flow program is screwed. 2nd is that Pubelo is now at 120ish % so the water folks if they need to are going to have a hard place to put this water. Twin is also at 114% so if it snows big this spring there will be water in the ditch we call the Arkansas river....
I also feel that private boaters need to speak up to state parks, the division of wildlife, and local gov types that the Ark flows and the timing of water movement should do the most good for the most users. Right now us boaters have to fight tooth and nail so every year for our 4 weeks of water.
Until these policies change I would not plan on seeing flows above 250 or 300 cfs in the spring and fall.. This is what the dow and fisherpeople have pushed for and right now they are getting it.