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Old 02-06-2013   #1
 
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Lake Powell releases

Are there any thoughts on what the march releases will be into the Grand ? they have been running it @ 8-16K for most of the winter, but it seems to be ramping down this last week or so. Given the lack of snow out there, are they starting to hold water back? I mean Vegas will need it's fountains right

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Old 02-07-2013   #2
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From Bureau of Reclamation, the dam people:

In February, the release volume will likely be about 600 kaf, with fluctuations throughout the day from about 8,000 cfs in the early morning to about 14,000 cfs in the evening. In March, the release volume will likely be about 600 kaf with daily fluctuations for hydropower between approximately 7,000 cfs and 13,000 cfs.
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Hi,

The official BOR information on that can be found at

Bureau of Reclamation - Upper Colorado Region Water Operations: Current Status: Lake Powell

It's periodically updated, but doesn't go too far out in the future on flow predictions.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks for the replies...kinda what I thought. I was hoping for a bit more flow, but hey I'll be in the ditch...nothing bad there
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when do you launch?

we have a march 28th.

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Mike we were spoiled when we had a consistent 16K for 23 days. You probably won't have much fun any lower, I'd bag the trip. Too scrapey.
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Bag the trip soon, so I have time to pick up the permit!
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Too late to bagg it Jett, I've already bought the beer
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You can also refer to the plans in the 24-month study for projected releases for the upcoming water year. Keep in mind that this will give you an idea of what the releases are planned to be, but are by no means firm, as the forecasted runoff is changing as we accumulate (or don't accumulate!) snowpack.

http://www.usbr.gov/uc/wcao/water/rs...r_24month.html

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I hear that the projected models are not looking so rosy for H2O in the the next 50 for the arid west, and so the reservoirs ....tending to believe it watching the last 25
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