Western Colorado Area Office
Colorado River Storage Project
Navajo Unit Operation Meeting
January 20, 2015
Next Meeting: April 28th 2015 (1:00 pm) at Farmington Civic Center
This meeting was held in Farmington, New Mexico at the Civic Center. The meeting minutes, as mailed, as well as the meeting handouts are available in the archives. Meeting attendance is shown on the archived minutes.
The purpose of these meetings, held annually in January, April, and August, is to gather input for determining upcoming operations for Navajo Reservoir. This input is used in Reclamation’s development of an overall 24-month study for operation of Reclamation projects in the Upper Colorado River Basin, which includes plans for Glen Canyon, Flaming Gorge, Aspinall Unit and Navajo. 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.
Full meeting Minutes are available below in PDF form.
• The most probable April through July unregulated inflow to Navajo Reservoir, based on
the January forecast, is 450,000 acre-feet, or 61 percent of the 30-year average. However,
this is very preliminary and will change as updated forecasts become available.
• The reservoir elevation on January 19, 2015 was 6,037.83 feet which corresponds to
approximately 1,089,541 acre-feet of storage which was 86% of average and 64% full (41%
• Precipitation for the months of October through January 19 was below average; the San
Juan River Basin was well below 30-year average for these months As of January 19,
2015, the current snowpack above Navajo was at 66 percent of average.
• The release from Navajo Reservoir has been 350 cfs since September 24th, 2014.
• Based on the January mid-month most probable inflow forecast, a one week spring peak
release is possible, though considering the current snowpack conditions, and the likelihood
of a decreasing forecast, this outcome is unlikely.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 1:00pm at the Farmington Civic Center, Farmington, New Mexico (200 West Arrington Street).
Meeting Minutes (Portable Document Format (PDF)): View these minutes as mailed (includes attendance list)
Email comments/inquires to: WestColoAreaOffice@usbr.gov