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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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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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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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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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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/rsvrs/studies/lpr_24month.html

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Susan Novak Behery, P.E.
Hydrologic Engineer
Reclamation
Western Colorado Area Office
Durango, CO
[email protected]
970-385-6560
 

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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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awesome time of year to go. have fun. I did the march/april trip 2 years ago and perfect weather, especially for a guy from red lodge. we had flows at around 16-20,000 cfs. warm sunny days, rainy days, one day of hail/snow. I do remember gettin' hot on a few days near the end. Enjoy!
 

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Mike, you should have an incredible journey whatever the flows! There may be awesome flowers as the late January rains were heavy. Have Fun! Yours, tom
 

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Thanks Tom....yep will be awesome, 3 weeks and nearing ! Any clues as for average temps in march ? Guessing it should be upper 60's low 70, and 40's @ night. I've been down in April and May, first go at an early march launch
 

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Hi Mark, you are good on the temps, and since it's the swing season and could be snowing at Lee's Ferry and comfortably hot in the western end, you might consider bringing both your summer gear of shorts, sarong and long sleeve shirts and winter gear of bomber rain gear or dry suit with polypro or wool hat and gloves, with top and bottom fleece x 2. In my book, especially during the swing season, there is nothing wrong with bringing too much warm and hot stuff and getting to the end of the trip having not used everything. All the best, tom
 

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not to butt in but,

in my experience with march trips:
a week of nasty
a week of nice
and a week of in-between.

oh, and it will be windy.

and you will love it.
 
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