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Durango, Colorado
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Navajo Dam Scheduled Release Decrease

July 6, 2012


As a result of forecasted increased streamflow in the San Juan River Basin due to cooler, wetter weather conditions, the Bureau of Reclamation is scheduling a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 1000 to 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, July 9, 2012 beginning at approximately 9 am. If the forecasted increase in streamflow does not occur, this change in release may be cancelled, postponed, or the reduction may be less. Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and to attempt to maintain a target base flow through the endangered fish critical habitat reach of the San Juan River (Farmington to Lake Powell).

The San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program recommends a target base flow of between 500 cfs and 1,000 cfs through the critical habitat area. The target base flow is calculated as the weekly average of gaged flows throughout the critical habitat area.

This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Christianson at 970- 385-6590 or e-mail him at

Susan Novak, P.E.
Hydrologic Engineer
Western Colorado Area Office
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