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Old 06-10-2012   #1
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Which gauge is best for Numbers?

I will be in Colorado in a few days and was thinking about hitting FibArk. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a little release for the weekend.

AW was showing the Numbers under the "Nathrop" gauge, which was depressing, but now AW seems to have switched to the "Granite" gauge, which is REALLY depressing. Which one should I go with?

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Old 06-10-2012   #2
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There are four gages of note on the Arkansas as far as whitewater:

Numbers putin,
USGS Current Conditions for USGS 07087050 ARKANSAS RIVER BELOW GRANITE, CO

Browns takeout,
USGS Current Conditions for USGS 07091200 ARKANSAS RIVER NEAR NATHROP, CO

Royal Gorge putin,
USGS Current Conditions for USGS 07094500 ARKANSAS RIVER AT PARKDALE, CO.

and Wellsville.
Detail Graph

Wellsville is downstream of Salida and the reference for the recreational flow program. Normally its kept at least at 700 from July until mid-August. This year the highest possible flow proposed is 500 for the first week in July and a guarantee of only 250 afterwards.

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Old 06-10-2012   #3
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"Below Granite" is unfortunately the right gauge for numbers.

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Old 06-10-2012   #4
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For reference, just in case anyone searches and finds this in the "off-season", once the below Granite gauge is shut-off for the season you can determine an accurate flow by adding the Granite and Clear Creek below the reservoir flows.
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