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Navajo operations meeting and spring peak release

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:52 pm    Post subject: Navajo operations meeting and spring peak release Reply with quote

Hi folks-

In case you missed our evening public meeting on April 5th, we are having our operations coordination meeting (open to the public) on April 25th at 1pm at the civic center.

Also please check the website for updates to the spring peak release. The start date will most likely be between April 26th and May 3rd and is dependent on weather. I'll update the page with a firm date sometime late next week.



Susan Novak Behery, P.E.
Hydraulic Engineer
Western Colorado Area Office
Durango, CO

For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit



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April 12, 2017

The next coordination meeting for the operation of the Navajo Unit will be on Tuesday, April 25th, at 1:00 pm. This meeting is open to the public, and will be held at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 West Arrington, in Farmington, New Mexico.
The meeting agenda will include a review of operations and hydrology since January, current soil and snowpack conditions, a discussion of hydrologic forecasts and planned operations for remainder of this water year, updates on maintenance activities, and the Recovery Program on the San Juan River.
High snowpack in the San Juan River Basin this year has led to an above-average inflow forecast into the reservoir. Reclamation will be conducting a spring peak release from Navajo Dam, peaking at 5,000 cfs, to accommodate incoming inflows into the reservoir.

The shape and timing of the release hydrograph will be coordinated with the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program's (SJRIP) flow recommendations and will be made to balance recovery program benefits with potential flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to match the peak timing of the Animas River to maximize the peak at the San Juan at Four Corners gage while remaining below the US Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo and the confluence with the Animas in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington. During the release, Reclamation will coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies.

A notice will be sent out when the start date is finalized. If you have any questions, please contact Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office at 970-385-6500, or Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

Projected spring operations will be updated on our website every two weeks. Visit the Navajo Dam website at https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html for operational updates.
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