Bureau of Reclamation Banner, Upper Colorado Region

Western Colorado Area Office

Colorado River Storage Project
Navajo Unit Operation Meeting
April 26, 2016

Navajo Dam

Navajo Dam

Next Meeting: August 23rd 2016 (1:00 pm) at Farmington Civic Center

Participation
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.
 
Purpose of Meeting
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.
 
Meeting Summary

Full meeting Minutes and the Presentation is available below in the Archives in PDF form.

  • The snowpack above Navajo was 80% of median at the time of meeting.
  • The modeled soil moisture at the beginning of the winter season was at or below-average for most of the snow producing parts of the basin.
  • The reservoir elevation on April 24, 2016 was 6,070.18 feet which corresponds to 1,483,045 acre-feet of live storage. This puts the reservoir at 87% of the live capacity and 79% of active capacity. The current release is 350 cfs.
  • The most probable April through July modified unregulated inflow forecast for water year 2016 is 70% of average.
  • Based on the most recent (mid-April) most probable inflow forecast, there is available water for a spring peak release with 31 days at 5,000 cfs. The release will likely start in mid to late May.
  • Under Most Probable operational forecast, Navajo will reach a reservoir elevation of 6050 ft by September 30th.
 
Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at 1:00pm at the Farmington Civic Center, Farmington, New Mexico (200 West Arrington Street).

Email comments/inquires to: WestColoAreaOffice@usbr.gov