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Old 07-15-2013   #1
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Navajo Release Change

July 15, 2013


As a result of increasing flows in the San Juan River Basin, and a cooler, wetter weather pattern, the Bureau of Reclamation will be decreasing the release from Navajo Reservoir from 1000 cfs (cubic feet per second) to 800 cfs on Tuesday, July 16th, beginning at 7:00 a.m. 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 Behery, P.E.
Hydrologic Engineer
Western Colorado Area Office
Durango, CO

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Thanks for the update.

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The guage is reading 15,000cfs. I hope people had their stuff tied down.
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