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Reclamation to Increase Stanislaus River Flows April 3

Media Contact: Shane Hunt, 916-978-5100, shunt@usbr.gov

For Release: April 01, 2016

SONORA, Calif. – Beginning April 3, the Bureau of Reclamation plans to increase releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River, to meet spring fishery flow requirements according to the National Marine Fisheries Service 2009 Biological Opinion. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir.

The increased flows will be in the form of several three -day controlled pulses, with flows ranging between 200 cubic feet per second and up to 1,200 cfs. Flow changes will occur between midnight and 8 a.m. to minimize public impact. This three-day process will repeat every Sunday through May 1, after which flows will be set to the summer schedule of 150 cfs.

People recreating in or along the Stanislaus River downstream from Goodwin Dam to the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Rivers should take safety precautions with the increased flows.

For more information on the Stanislaus River and daily reservoir operations, visit Reclamation’s Central Valley Operation Office website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo.

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