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Documentary on the Animas and San Juan

Here is a film on water issues in the Southwest. A first hand look at the river system in our back yard. Visit our website thecurrentfilm.org
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Can't wait

Right on Spoon. It was a treat to be a part of your journey. Looking forward to seeing the final product.
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Thanks Aaron! How bout that shot of Matt!
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Glad you were able to put that in the trailer....I'm sure he is too
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This reminds me of the dangers of greed taking water from the green river to feed the populations of the front range. The San Juan Sandy wash to Mexican hat was very low last week. Around 700 is sad to see
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This reminds me of the dangers of greed taking water from the green river to feed the populations of the front range. The San Juan Sandy wash to Mexican hat was very low last week. Around 700 is sad to see
Isn't that historically near normal for that time of year, post-dam? I think we have normally seen 750-900 cfs for our Thanksgiving float on the Juan. We were actually at less than 650 for the entire float a few weeks back.

Anybody know what the pre-dam autumnal flows were like? I am guessing, as most rivers go, that 700 cfs may be high for such a time of year. Most of the desert rivers drop drastically after August. The Juan at Carracas, just above Navajo, is pushing 225 cfs. The animas @ Farmington is pushing 216 cfs as well. Not many major tributaries after that is there? So that would be about 450 cfs without the dams below those two points. The 2 dams actually seem to push more out then they intake, from initial appearance. Anybody know if that is true?

Dams suck in some ways but most of us in the 4 corners area wouldn't have post-August floats without them from what I understand.

Any thoughts?

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http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/rsvrs/ops/crsp_40_nr.html

Outflow from the dam is much higher than inflow at Navajo. 100%-3200 (+)% in the last month, if the above figures are correct.
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Dam it

I agree that without dams, we couldnt have flows of 700 cfs with out dams. But, is that a good thing? We would also get much higher peak flows with out dams. Tamarisk and Russian Olive might have a harder time with higher peak flows too.
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Totally agree. I have just heard the same off-season complaint on a regular basis from rafters and kayakers. I don't think most folks realize how much shorter our seasons would be on rivers without dams.

That said....as someone who studies ecology and wildlife, I would much prefer a desert environment without dams. Dams have caused alot of our ecological woes in this region.

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