Navajo Dam Project Notices

Navajo Dam

Project Notices

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BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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May 18th, 2018

 As a result of decreasing flows in the San Juan River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 350 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 550 cfs on Sunday, May 20th starting at 4:00 am.  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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO UNIT OPERATIONS
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May 18th, 2018

At the request of the State of New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), Reclamation will be conducting a short release change designed to aid in establishment of a new multi-partner riparian and boater access improvement project within the tailwater reach of the San Juan River.  One of the many benefits of this project includes mitigation of sedimentation issues associated with Simone Canyon, and thus potential long-term positive impact on Navajo Dam release operations. 

The planned operation will begin the late evening of Tuesday, June 5th, with the release increasing by approximately 200 cfs every 2 hours until reaching a peak of 2,000 cfs mid-day on Wednesday June 6th.  The release will be held at 2,000 cfs for two hours, and then begin ramping down at the same rate, returning to the base release in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 7th.  The shape and timing of the release hydrograph has been coordinated with the San Juan River Recovery Implementation Program (SJRIP), NMDGF, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and San Juan County Office of Emergency Management.   This release will likely cost a total of 1200-1500 acre-feet beyond normal releases.

This release plan is subject to change based on changing weather and river conditions. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  Visit the Navajo Dam Operations website at https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html for updates.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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May 11th, 2018

 

As a result of increasing runoff in the San Juan River, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 400 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 350 cfs on Friday, May 11th starting at 4:00 pm.  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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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May 9th, 2018

 

 

As a result of increasing runoff in the San Juan River, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 400 cfs on Wednesday, May 9th starting at 4:00 pm.  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 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. 

This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 orsbehery@usbr.gov.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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May 7th, 2018

 

As a result of increasing runoff in the San Juan River, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 500 cfs on Monday, May 7th starting at 4:00 pm.  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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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May 1, 2018 

 

As a result of increasing runoff in the San Juan River, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 750 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 650 cfs on Tuesday, May 1ststarting at 4:00 pm.  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 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. 

This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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April 27, 2018

 

As a result of increasing diversions and lack of runoff in the San Juan River, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 750 cfs on Friday, April 27th starting at 4:00 pm.  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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES 

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April 5, 2018

As a result of decreasing flows in the San Juan River, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 550 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 650 cfs on Friday, April 6th, starting at 2:00 am.  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 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. 

This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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April 2, 2018

 

As a result of decreasing flows in the San Juan River, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 400 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 550 cfs on Monday, April 2nd, starting at 7:00 pm.  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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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March 26, 2018

 

As a result of decreasing flows in the San Juan River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 325 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 400 cfs on Monday, March 26th, starting at 2:00 pm.  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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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February 15, 2018

 

As a result of a dry and decreasing spring inflow forecast in the San Juan River Basin, in an effort to further conserve water, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 350 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 300 cfs on Friday, February 16th, starting at 9:00 am.  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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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November 6, 2017

 

As a result of higher river flows in the San Juan River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 400 cfs on Wednesday, November 8th, starting at 4:00 am.  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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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October 3, 2017

 

As a result of higher river flows in the San Juan River Basin, and a forecast cooler weather pattern, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 500 cfstomorrow, October 4th, starting at 4:00 am.  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 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. 

This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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September 18, 2017

 

 

As a result of increasing flows in the San Juan River Basin, and a forecast cooler weather pattern, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 800 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 650 cfs tomorrow, September 19th, starting at 4:00 am.  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 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. 

  This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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September 1, 2017

 

 As a result of falling river flows in the San Juan River Basin, and a forecast dry weather pattern, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 700 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 800 cfs today, September 1st, starting at 10:00 am.  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 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. 

This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 orsbehery@usbr.gov.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

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August 25, 2017

 

To facilitate routine work at Navajo Dam, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a transfer of the release from the City of Farmington Power Plant to the Auxiliary release point beginning Friday, September 1st, at 1:00 pm, where it will remain for the next ten days.  The release will switch back over to the City of Farmington power plant on Monday, September 11th at 7:00 am.  During this period, small variations in flow and an increase in turbidity may be noticed.

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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR OPERATIONS
COORDINATION MEETING
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August 21, 2017

As a result of falling river flows in the San Juan River Basin, and a forecast dry weather pattern, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 600 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 700 cfs on Tuesday, August 22nd, starting at 1:00 am.  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 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. 

This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES
2017 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
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August 15th, 2017

The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 600 cfs starting Wednesday, August 16th, starting at 1:00 am.  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 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.  This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.

For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR OPERATIONS
COORDINATION MEETING
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August 14, 2017

The next coordination meeting for the operation of the Navajo Unit will be on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 1:00 pm.  It will be held at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 West Arrington, in Farmington, New Mexico.

The meeting agenda will include a review of operations and hydrology since April, current soil and snowpack conditions, a discussion of hydrologic forecasts and planned operations for this water year, updates on maintenance activities, and the Recovery Program on the San Juan River. 

 If you have any suggestions for the agenda or have questions about the meeting, please call Susan Behery at 970-385-6560.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES
2017 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
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June 26, 2017
The Bureau of Reclamation is continuing to schedule this year's spring peak release from Navajo Reservoir.  Ramp down began on Friday, June 23rd.  The next release changes are scheduled as follows:


Date

Day of Week

End of Day (cfs)

6/27/2017

Tuesday

--no change--

6/28/2017

Wednesday

3000

6/29/2017

Thursday

2400

6/30/2017

Friday

1800

7/1/2017

Saturday

--no change--

7/2/2017

Sunday

--no change--

7/3/2017

Monday

1100

7/4/2017

Tuesday

800

7/5/2017

Wednesday

500

Releases are subject to change based on changing river conditions.  If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact the Western Colorado Area Office at 970-385-6500, or Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES
2017 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
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June 14, 2017
The Bureau of Reclamation is continuing to schedule this year's spring peak release from Navajo Reservoir.  The release is scheduled to begin ramp down on Friday, June 23rd.  Ramp-down to base release will take approximately 12 days.  The next release changes are scheduled as follows:


DATE

TIME

RELEASE

Friday, June 23rd

10:00 AM

4,000 cfs

Monday, June 26th

10:00 AM

3,400 cfs

The shape and timing of the hydrograph have been coordinated with the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program to balance Recovery Program benefits with flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Reservoir and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington.  The release may be changed or reduced if the precipitation forecast shows a risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River, or if river conditions warrant.  Reclamation is coordinating closely with local emergency management agencies during the release.
Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extra caution near the river channel and protect or remove any valuable property in these areas.
Please stay tuned as a notice will be sent out for each release change.  Notices will also be posted to our website.  If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact the Western Colorado Area Office at 970-385-6500, or Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES
2017 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
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May 19, 2017

The Bureau of Reclamation has received a request from the San Juan County, New Mexico Office of Emergency Management for a temporary decrease in the release.  Reclamation will decrease the release by 400 cfs at 9:30am today (Friday, May 19th), and 400 cfs at 11:30am.  Next week’s release changes are scheduled as follows:


DATE

TIME

RELEASE

Monday, May 22nd

10:00 AM

4,500 cfs

Tuesday, May 23rd

10:00 AM

5,000 cfs

The shape and timing of the hydrograph have been coordinated with the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program to balance Recovery Program benefits with flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Reservoir and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington.  The release may be changed or reduced if the precipitation forecast shows a risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River, or if river conditions warrant.  Reclamation is coordinating closely with local emergency management agencies during the release.
Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extra caution near the river channel and protect or remove any valuable property in these areas.
Please stay tuned as a notice will be sent out for each release change.  Notices will also be posted to our website.  If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact the Western Colorado Area Office at 970-385-6500, or Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES
2017 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
May 15, 2017
The Bureau of Reclamation is continuing to schedule this year's spring peak release from Navajo Reservoir.  The next release changes are scheduled as follows:


DATE

TIME

RELEASE

Wednesday, May 17th

10:00 AM

4,800 cfs

Thursday, May 18th

no change

Friday, May 19th

10:00 AM

5,000 cfs

The shape and timing of the hydrograph have been coordinated with the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program to balance Recovery Program benefits with flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Reservoir and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington.  The release may be changed or reduced if the precipitation forecast shows a risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River, or if river conditions warrant.  Reclamation is coordinating closely with local emergency management agencies during the release.


Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extra caution near the river channel and protect or remove any valuable property in these areas.


Please stay tuned as a notice will be sent out for each release change.  Notices will also be posted to our website.  If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact the Western Colorado Area Office at 970-385-6500, or Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES
2017 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
May 12, 2017
The Bureau of Reclamation is continuing to schedule this year's spring peak release from Navajo Reservoir.  The next release changes are scheduled as follows:


DATE

TIME

RELEASE

Monday, May 15th

10:00 AM

4,600 cfs

Tuesday, May 16th

no change

The shape and timing of the hydrograph have been coordinated with the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program to balance Recovery Program benefits with flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Reservoir and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington.  The release may be changed or reduced if the precipitation forecast shows a risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River, or if river conditions warrant.  Reclamation is coordinating closely with local emergency management agencies during the release.
Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extra caution near the river channel and protect or remove any valuable property in these areas.


Please stay tuned as a notice will be sent out for each release change.  Notices will also be posted to our website.  If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact the Western Colorado Area Office at 970-385-6500, or Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES
2017 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE
SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
May 10, 2017
The Bureau of Reclamation is continuing to schedule this year's spring peak release from Navajo Reservoir.  The next release changes are scheduled as follows:


DATE

TIME

RELEASE

Wednesday, May 10

2:00 PM

3,600 cfs

Thursday, May 11

11:00 AM

4,000 cfs

Friday, May 12

11:00 AM

4,400 cfs

Saturday, May 13

no change

Sunday, May 14

no change

The shape and timing of the hydrograph have been coordinated with the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program to balance Recovery Program benefits with flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Reservoir and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington.  The release may be changed or reduced if the precipitation forecast shows a risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River, or if river conditions warrant.  Reclamation is coordinating closely with local emergency management agencies during the release.
Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extra caution near the river channel and protect or remove any valuable property in these areas.
Please stay tuned as a notice will be sent out for each release change.  Notices will also be posted to our website.  If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact the Western Colorado Area Office at 970-385-6500, or Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

2017 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
May 9, 2017

Reclamation is reducing the release from Navajo Reservoir in response to the report of heavy rains along the San Juan River corridor.  The release will be reduced from 3600 cfs to 2400 cfs by 4:00 pm today, May 9th. After the threat of storms has passed, the release will be increased again. Another notice will follow with the updated increase schedule.

The shape and timing of the hydrograph have been coordinated with the San Juan River Basin  Recovery Implementation Program to balance Recovery Program benefits with flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an
attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Reservoir and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington. The release may be changed or reduced if the precipitation forecast shows a risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River, or if river conditions warrant. Reclamation is coordinating closely with local emergency management agencies during the release.

Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extra caution near the river channel and protect or remove any valuable property in these areas. Please stay tuned as a notice will be sent out for each release change. Notices will also be posted to our website.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact the Western Colorado Area Office at 970-385-6500, or Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov. For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

2017 SPRING PEAK RELEASE UPDATE

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
May 8, 2017

The Bureau of Reclamation is continuing to schedule this year's spring peak release from Navajo Reservoir. The current release is 3,600 cubic feet per second (cfs). The next release changes are scheduled as follows:

DATE TIME RELEASE
Wednesday, May 10 9:00 AM 4,000 cfs
Thursday, May 11 no change
Friday, May 12 11:00 AM 4,400 cfs
Saturday, May 13 no change
Sunday, May 14 no change

The shape and timing of the hydrograph have been coordinated with the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program to balance Recovery Program benefits with flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Reservoir and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington.  The release may be changed or reduced if the precipitation forecast shows a risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River, or if river conditions warrant.  Reclamation is coordinating closely with local emergency management agencies during the release.

Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extra caution near the river channel and protect or remove any valuable property in these areas.

Please stay tuned as a notice will be sent out for each release change.  Notices will also be posted to our website.  If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact the Western Colorado Area Office at 970-385-6500, or Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

 

 

 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

2017 SPRING PEAK RELEASE

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
May 2, 2017

The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled this year's spring peak release from Navajo Reservoir. The current release is 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). The next release changes are scheduled as follows:

DATE TIME RELEASE
Wednesday, May 3 9:00 AM 1550 cfs
Thursday, May 4 11:00 AM 2150 cfs
Friday, May 5 1:00 PM 3200 cfs
Saturday, May 6 no change
Sunday, May 7 no change
Monday, May 8 9:00 AM 3600 cfs
Tuesday, May 9 no change

The shape and timing of the hydrograph have been coordinated with the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program to balance Recovery Program benefits with flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Reservoir and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington.  The release may be changed or reduced if the precipitation forecast shows a risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River, or if river conditions warrant.

Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extra caution near the river channel and protect or remove any valuable property in these areas.

Please stay tuned as a notice will be sent out for each release change.  Notices will also be posted to our website.  If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact the Western Colorado Area Office at 970-385-6500, or Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

 

 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

2017 SPRING PEAK RELEASE

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
April 21, 2017

 

The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled this year's spring peak release from Navajo Reservoir. Reclamation will begin to increase the release on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 7:00 AM. The ramp-up to 5,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) may take up to 16 days, as increases will be made based on river conditions and coordination with local agencies.  A notice will be sent out prior to each release increase on the way to 5,000 cfs.  The release is scheduled to remain at 5,000 cfs for up to 35 days, or until the spring runoff on the Animas River is complete. If the ramp-up duration takes 16 days and all 35 days at peak are utilized, the release will begin decreasing on Friday, June 23rd at approximately 7:00 AM, reaching 500 cfs on Thursday, July 6th, where it will remain until further notice. 

The shape and timing of the hydrograph have been coordinated with the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program to balance Recovery Program benefits with flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to remain at or below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo Reservoir and the confluence with the Animas River in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington.  The release may be changed or reduced if the precipitation forecast shows a risk of exceeding safe channel capacity in the San Juan River.

Areas in the immediate vicinity of the river channel may be unstable and dangerous. Please use extra caution near the river channel and protect or remove any valuable property in these areas.

Please stay tuned as a notice will be sent out for each release change.  Notices will also be posted to our website.  If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact the Western Colorado Area Office at 970-385-6500, or Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
April 21, 2017

 

The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 1000 cfs starting Thursday, April 27th, starting at 1:00 am.  The release will stay at this level until the spring peak release begins.  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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  For Navajo Reservoir Operations and information, visit
http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

NAVAJO UNIT COORDINATION MEETING

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April 12, 2017

 

The next coordination meeting for the operation of the Navajo Unit will be on Tuesday, April 25th, at 1:00 pm.  This meeting is open to the public, and will be held at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 West Arrington, in Farmington, New Mexico.


The meeting agenda will include a review of operations and hydrology since January, current soil and snowpack conditions, a discussion of hydrologic forecasts and planned operations for remainder of this water year, updates on maintenance activities, and the Recovery Program on the San Juan River. 


High snowpack in the San Juan River Basin this year has led to an above-average inflow forecast into the reservoir.  Reclamation will be conducting a spring peak release from Navajo Dam, peaking at 5,000 cfs, to accommodate incoming inflows into the reservoir. 

The shape and timing of the release hydrograph will be coordinated with the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program's (SJRIP) flow recommendations and will be made to balance recovery program benefits with potential flood control and operational safety. During spring operations, releases from the Navajo Unit will be made in an attempt to match the peak timing of the Animas River to maximize the peak at the San Juan at Four Corners gage while remaining below the US Army Corps of Engineers safe channel capacity of 5,000 cfs between Navajo and the confluence with the Animas in Farmington, and 12,000 cfs downstream of Farmington.  During the release, Reclamation will coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies.

A notice will be sent out when the start date is finalized.  If you have any questions, please contact Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office at 970-385-6500, or Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov

Projected spring operations will be updated on our website every two weeks. Visit the Navajo Dam website at https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html for operational updates.

 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
March 21, 2017

 

Reclamation will be conducting a special evening public meeting regarding upcoming Navajo Dam spring operations.

This is a special meeting geared towards discussion of this year’s proposed Spring Peak Release. The agenda will include a forecast of 2017 release plans, a discussion of flood risk management and safe channel capacity, the nature of sedimentation and bank erosion in the San Juan River Basin, and floodplain risk issues.  There will be opportunities for questions, comments, and discussion with the public during the meeting.

This meeting will be held at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 West Arrington, in Farmington, New Mexico on Wednesday, April 5th at 6pm.  If you have any suggestions for the agenda or have questions about the meeting, please call Susan Behery at 970-385-6560. For more information on Navajo Reservoir operations, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
January 26th, 2017

 

As a result of increasing snowpack in the San Juan River Basin, and high forecast runoff this season, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 350 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 500 cfs on Friday, January 27th, starting at 3:00 a.m.  Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and, pursuant to Reclamation’s 2006 Record of Decision for Navajo Reservoir, in an 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 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.

This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Erik Knight at 970-248-0629 or eknight@usbr.gov.  For more information on Navajo Reservoir operations, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
November 23th, 2016

 

The Bureau of Reclamation will be decreasing the release from Navajo Reservoir from 350 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 250 cfs on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at approximately 3:00 pm. This temporary, lower release is made in collaboration with the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program (SJRIP) for an instream project taking place at the Hogback canal.  The release will be increased back to 350 cfs starting at 8:00 am on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016.  This scheduled increase may change depending on river conditions.    Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and, pursuant to Reclamation’s 2006 Record of Decision for Navajo Reservoir, in an 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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Erik Knight at 970-248-0629 or eknight@usbr.gov.  For more information on Navajo Reservoir operations, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html.

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
November 7th, 2016

 

As a result of increasing river flows in the San Juan River Basin, and in an effort to conserve water, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 400 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 350 cfs on Tuesday, November 8th, starting at 8:00 a.m.  Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and, pursuant to Reclamation’s 2006 Record of Decision for Navajo Reservoir, in an 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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  For more information on Navajo Reservoir operations, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html.

 

 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

SENT VIA FAX AND E-MAIL
October 3rd, 2016

 

As a result of increasing river flows in the San Juan River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 450 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 400 cfs on Tuesday, October 4th, starting at 11:00 p.m.  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 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. 
 
This scheduled release change is subject to changes in river flows and weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery at 970-385-6560 or sbehery@usbr.gov.  For more information on Navajo Reservoir operations, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html.

 

Contact

Please contact the Operations Group via e-mail at ResourceMgr@usbr.gov for additional information.

Last Updated: 5/18/18