Navajo Reservoir

Navajo Dam

Current Status

(Last Updated: October 17th, 2016)

Navajo Reservoir – As of October 16th, 2016, Navajo reservoir elevation is 6056.61 ft (1.305 maf live storage) and is releasing 400 cfs.  Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and to attempt to maintain a target base flow through the endangered fish critical habitat reach of the San Juan River (Farmington to Lake Powell). The San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program (SJRIP) recommends a target base flow of between 500 cfs and 1,000 cfs through the critical habitat area.  The target base flow is calculated as the weekly average of gaged flows throughout the critical habitat area. For up to date project notices, please click "Project Notices" under the Project Information tab below.

Modified unregulated inflow into Navajo during the month of September was 21 kaf, which was 49 percent of average. The total April-July modified unregulated inflow into Navajo for 2016 was 566 kaf, 77% of average.

Inflows for the next three months are projected to be below average: with October, November, and December forecasted inflow volumes at 27 kaf (57 percent of average), 29 kaf (87 percent of average), and 22 kaf (88 percent of average), respectively.

Releases will be made to maintain target baseflows in the critical habitat reach for the remainder of the year.

Reclamation conducts Public Operations Meetings three times per year to gather input for determining upcoming operations for Navajo Reservoir.  Input from individuals, organizations, and agencies along with other factors such as weather, water rights, endangered species requirements, flood control, hydro power, recreation, fish and wildlife management, and reservoir levels, will be considered in the development of these reservoir operation plans.  In addition, the meetings are used to coordinate activities and exchange information among agencies, water users, and other interested parties concerning the San Juan River and Navajo Reservoir.

The next Navajo Public Operations Meeting is scheduled for January 24th, 2017, at 1pm at the Farmington Civic Center, Farmington, NM.

Susan Behery

October 17th, 2016

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