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Old 05-17-2010   #1
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minimum flow for chama wilderness?

anyone have advice on a minimum flow for big rafts to float the chama below el vado? lots of young 'uns on the trip, so we don't want it to be too low.

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Old 05-17-2010   #2
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500cfs with a 14ft sb. low but ok

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Old 05-17-2010   #3
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Some info here:

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Old 05-23-2010   #4
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Thu May 13 09:31:41 MDT 2010

Good morning all. I know our rafting flows and rafting reports don't officially start until the Memorial Day weekend, but I wanted to share some important information for this weekend. We will be cutting our flows down to between 200 cfs and 300 cfs today. We have no more room for storage of San Juan-Chama water at Abiquiu Reservoir at the moment and have finally come out of Article VII restrictions under the Rio Grande compact, so we are now allowed to store in El Vado. So, we are trying to store up as much of the remainder of the snowpack as we can. Please bare with us through the next couple of weeks and we'll do our best to get flows back up for the Memorial Day weekend.
Thanks,Mary Perea Carlson
PIO, Bureau of ReclamationAlbuquerque Area Office
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