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Old 05-20-2008   #1
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Rio Chama River levels way down?

I am planning on doing the day run on the Chama this weekend, but the gauge has it at below 300 cfs ( I checked the gauge just above and it is equally low). It had been running at 700-800cfs (which seems low for this time of year), then yesterday it crashed.

Does anyone have some inside beta on why they are shutting down the flows from El Vado dam?

With the crazy snow pack from this winter I would expect to see exactly the opposite.

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Old 05-20-2008   #2
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I'm supposed to be going on the Chama in early July on a weekend and am wondering if they'll make good on releasing water.

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Old 05-23-2008   #3
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Never mind it is running 2600cfs this morning!

Should be a wild ride if they keep these flows up over the Memorial Day weekend.

JBL- They usually do a good job of maintaining flows during the permit season on the weekends. They should have plenty of water to work with this summer. The Chama drainage got pounded with snow all winter. I think the way low flow this week was a fluke or for some maintenance.
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