Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008

Mike – as per your phone message, here’s the latest info on the
operating plan for Navajo Reservoir. This planned operation does 3
1) It meets the operating criteria contained in the San Juan Recovery
Program’s flow recommendations;
2) It prevents the reservoir from spilling from the inflow during the
spring runoff; and
3) It gets the reservoir down to a manageable level at the end of the

As stated in the notice, the timing and duration of the 5,000 cfs will
be more firmed up as we get further into the spring and forecasts become
more accurate. I apologize for not being able to attend due to
previously scheduled meeting in Salt Lake City. I would appreciate it
if you could pass on to the folks attending your meeting that they’re
all invited to attend the next Navajo Reservoir operations meeting to be
held at the Farmington Civic Center on April 24th at 1:00 pm.

Thanks – Pat

March 6, 2008


Based on its March 1st forecast, the Colorado Basin River Forecast
Center is predicting an inflow of 1,400,000 acre-feet (af) into Navajo
Reservoir this spring/early summer. This is an increase of
approximately 100,000 af over the previous (mid-February) forecast, and
correlates to 181% of the average inflow. As a result, the Bureau of
Reclamation will be increasing the release from Navajo Reservoir to
4,000 cfs on Monday, March 10, 2008. The release will likely remain
at 4,000 cfs until late May, at which time the release will be increased
to 5,000 cfs where it will remain until approximately mid- to late-July.
More information will be provided on the timing and duration of the
5,000 cfs release as we get closer to May.

Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and
to attempt to meet flow recommendations for the endangered fish in the
San Juan River. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Page at
(970) 385-6560 or e-mail him at

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