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Old 09-02-2009   #1
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Crew looking to drop into the M-Box in 10 days...wondering if there will be sufficient flow (flow has been dropping pretty precipitously.) Is there someone we can contact to get an estimate of what is gonna happen?

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Old 09-02-2009   #2
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Call Dan Crabtree from the Bureau of Reclamation at 970-248-0652. This is who I talked to a couple of years ago, may have changed. Should be able to give you flow info or point you to someone who can.

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Old 09-02-2009   #3
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Someone posted this on the Gunny Gorge thread:
Recent press release:

Crystal Dam has been operating at full powerplant release for most of this spring and summer. Now that Blue Mesa storage space has been regained and because of lower than expected late summer base flows, Reclamation will reduce reservoir releases in order to conserve reservoir storage. In addition, lower releases in the early fall months will provide more optimal flows for river recreation, fish studies scheduled for late September, and for the brown trout spawn which occurs during mid October to mid November. This change will also provide the flexibility needed to provide higher releases for power production during December and January. Starting today, August 31, releases from Crystal Reservoir will be reduced by 100 cfs each day for the next four days, resulting in Black Canyon - Gunnison Gorge flows of 700 - 800 cfs. An additional flow reduction of 100 cfs could be forthcoming next week depending on conditions, with flows averaging around 600 cfs for September through November. Please reply to this email if you have further questions.

Should apply the same to mbox.
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Thanks for the beta!
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