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Old 05-25-2016   #1
 
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Navajo Spring Peak Operations Update!

Hi folks- please see notice below. We don't know how long this will last, a few days, possibly a week. I will let you know as soon as we know we are going back up. Thanks-
Susan



BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR
2016 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
May 25, 2016

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL


The Bureau of Reclamation has received a request from the San Juan County, New Mexico Office of Emergency Management for a temporary decrease in the release to aid in the recovery of debris in the river and address issues with several structures in the river that pose a risk to public safety. Reclamation began rapidly decreasing the release starting at 10:00 AM today, May 25th, and will reach 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) by 8pm this evening. When the structures are secure and debris is removed, the release will be increased back to 5,000 cfs. Another public notice will be sent out when that date and time are determined.

During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Dam and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington. The release may be changed or reduced if precipitation forecasts show risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or email at sbehery@usbr.gov.

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Old 05-27-2016   #2
 
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Ok folks a quick update: We are increasing overnight, reaching 3,000 cfs by 8am tomorrow. We will hold over weekend. See notice for more (may take a few minutes to update) :
http://www.usbr.gov/uc/wcao/water/rs...e/nav_rel.html

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BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR
2016 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
May 27, 2016

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL


The Bureau of Reclamation will resume the spring peak release out of Navajo Reservoir beginning tomorrow, May 28th at 2:00 AM, reaching 3000 cubic feet per second (cfs) by 8:00 AM. This release will be held to evaluate conditions along the San Juan River. If it is determined there is no significant risk to public safety, the release will be increased at XXX AM on Monday, May 30th, reaching 4000 cfs at XXX PM. Once again, downstream conditions will be evaluated at this release rate. If it is determined there is no significant risk to public safety, releases will be increased in small increments with a goal of reaching 5000 cfs. Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extreme caution near the river channel and protect and/or remove any valuable property in these areas.

During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Dam and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington. The release may be changed or reduced if conditions are determined be a significant risk to public safety or if precipitation forecasts show risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact:
Susan Behery at 970-385-6560, email at sbehery@usbr.gov
Marc Miller at 970-385-6541, email at mbmiller@usbr.gov
Ryan Christianson 970-248-0652, email rchristianson@usbr.gov
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Old 05-28-2016   #4
 
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I'm so sorry guys, long night. That was an old unaltered version of the public notice. See below for the one that was sent out.

Susan

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR
2016 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
May 27, 2016

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL


The Bureau of Reclamation will resume the spring peak release out of Navajo Reservoir beginning tomorrow, May 28th at 2:00 AM, reaching 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) by 8:00 AM. This release will be held to evaluate conditions along the San Juan River. If it is determined there is no significant risk to public safety, releases will be increased in small increments with a goal of reaching 5,000 cfs. Any increases will be accompanied by future public notifications. Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extreme caution near the river channel and protect and/or remove any valuable property in these areas.

During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Dam and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington. The release may be changed or reduced if conditions are determined be a significant risk to public safety or if precipitation forecasts show risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact:
Susan Behery at 970-385-6560, email at sbehery@usbr.gov
Marc Miller at 970-385-6541, email at mbmiller@usbr.gov
Ryan Christianson 970-248-0652, email rchristianson@usbr.gov
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Navajo Dam

Just curious if Navajo Reservoir is on target to fill this year with the possibility of spilling over the top. Thanks for your updates, launching June 11th hoping to ride the wave....
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Old 05-28-2016   #6
 
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Navajo reached a peak of 6075 ft which is fairly close to full, just before the spring peak release began. We still have 10 feet of freeboard in the reservoir, so even with the delay in the spring peak release, we do not anticipate any risk of spill this year.

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Old 05-31-2016   #7
 
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We will be very slowly incrementing the release. Today we are increasing to 3200 cfs by 4pm. We will be re-evaluating the release tomorrow and possibly doing another increase, but I will send out a public notice if and when that occurs.

Thanks-
Susan

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR
2016 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
May 31, 2016
SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL

The Bureau of Reclamation will resume increasing the release out of Navajo Reservoir beginning today, May 31st at 2:00 PM, reaching 3,200 cubic feet per second (cfs) by 4:00 PM. This release will be held to evaluate conditions along the San Juan River. If it is determined there is no significant risk to the public safety, releases will be increased in small increments with a goal of reaching 5,000 cfs. Any increases will be accompanied by future public notifications. Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extra caution near the river channel and protect and/or remove any valuable property in these areas.

During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Dam and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington. The release may be changed or reduced if precipitation forecasts show risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River San Juan River.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or email at sbehery@usbr.gov, Marc Miller at 970-385-6541, email at mbmiller@usbr.gov, Ryan Christianson 970-248-0652, email rchristianson@usbr.gov.
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Old 06-01-2016   #8
 
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Continuing our increase in small increments. We will be at 3700 cfs today by 3pm. We will likely do these small increases every day or two for the next several days.
Susan

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR
2016 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
June 1, 2016
SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
The Bureau of Reclamation will resume increasing the release out of Navajo Reservoir beginning today, June 1st at 1:00 PM, reaching 3,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) by 3:00 PM. This release will be held to evaluate conditions along the San Juan River. If it is determined there is no significant risk to the public safety, releases will be increased in small increments with a goal of reaching 5,000 cfs. Any increases will be accompanied by future public notifications. Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extra caution near the river channel and protect and/or remove any valuable property in these areas.

During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Dam and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington. The release may be changed or reduced if precipitation forecasts show risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River San Juan River.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or email at sbehery@usbr.gov, Marc Miller at 970-385-6541, email at mbmiller@usbr.gov, Ryan Christianson 970-248-0652, email rchristianson@usbr.gov.
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Old 06-02-2016   #9
 
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Incrementing very slowly and watching the river respond. We will go up another 300 cfs today to be at 4,000 cfs by 11:30am. We'll likely hold this for a couple days. We are in close communication with the Office of Emergency Management and are coordinating these increases with them.
Let me know if you have questions.
Susan

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR
2016 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
June 2, 2016
SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL

The Bureau of Reclamation will resume increasing the release out of Navajo Reservoir today, June 2nd at 11:30 AM, reaching 4,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). This release will be held to evaluate conditions along the San Juan River. If it is determined there is no significant risk to the public safety, releases will be increased in small increments with a goal of reaching 5,000 cfs. Any increases will be accompanied by future public notifications. Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extra caution near the river channel and protect and/or remove any valuable property in these areas.

During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Dam and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington. The release may be changed or reduced if precipitation forecasts show risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River San Juan River.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or email at sbehery@usbr.gov, Marc Miller at 970-385-6541, email at mbmiller@usbr.gov, Ryan Christianson 970-248-0652, email rchristianson@usbr.gov.
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Old 06-02-2016   #10
 
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Susan, with the reduction in outflow over the past week do you anticipate that the release will be extended beyond the 3 weeks as originally indicated? Trying to figure out how much longer we have to get a few trips in. Thanks!
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