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Old 04-22-2011   #1
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Taos Box good to go?

Flow just jumped up from nowhere to 300. What's the deal? Flows consistent, gonna go up/down?

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Old 04-22-2011   #2
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Lower or Upper box?

The lower box you will have the Red river coming in, so its runable but low. The upper, 300-400 is the bottom end of where some people start running it.

The deal is farmers in the San Louis (Colorado) valley consume most of the water for agriculture. On good years we might get 1/4 the flow that the Rio Grande has in Del Norte Co cross the border in NM. On bad years and in the summer, I believe they are only required to let 100 cfs cross the border. Hopefully it at least gets up to 500 cfs crossing the border this season.

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Old 04-22-2011   #3
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On the lower, 400 is doable in a Kayak, but 600 is kinda minimum needed for rafts. It turns into an all day rock a thon...
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Old 04-22-2011   #4
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Not to mention a very long day at those low levels. Might be better running the Pilar section leaving time for happy hour.....
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Old 04-22-2011   #5
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Looks like most of the jump came from the Conejos: Detail Graph
Which is already on the way back down.

There hasn't been any change in the Red:

I've run the lower down to 500 CFS and the entrance to Powerline requires sliding over a rock. At 400, I'd expect to need a hand push.

You can see the flow changes work there way downstream by looking at the gages further upstream:
USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 08263500 RIO GRANDE NEAR CERRO, NM
Detail Graph
It takes more than a day for the water to go from Lobatos to the TJB.

This is the last gage before the diversions start: Detail Graph
There are still some SLV ditches yet to be turned on.
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