Navajo Dam operations update May 11, 2023 #runoff #SanJuanRiver #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification

The San Juan River, below Navajo Reservoir. Photo: Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism

From email from Reclamation (Susan Novak Behery):

May 10th, 2023

In order to begin moving sediment in advance of the spring peak release, and to slow the reservoir rise, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled in the release from Navajo Dam from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 1200 cfs for the evening of Friday, May 12th , and from 1200 cfs to 2000 cfs on Monday, May 15th, where it will remain for much of the week. The release changes will occur as per the following schedule:5/12 (Friday)

10:00 PM: Increase from 500 to 700 cfs

5/13 (Saturday)

12:00 AM: Increase from 700 to 900 cfs

2:00 AM: Increase from 900 to 1100 cfs

4:00 AM: Increase from 1100 to 1200 cfs

5/15 (Monday)

8:00 AM: 1200 to 1400 cfs

10:00 AM: 1400 to 1600 cfs

12:00 PM: 1600 to 1800 cfs

2:00 PM: 1800 to 2000 cfs

This increase is being made in advance of the ramp up to the spring peak release, which is still scheduled to begin at the end of next week.  PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES AS THIS OPERATION IS DEPENDANT ON ON-THE-GROUND CONDITIONS AND WEATHER.If you have any questions, please contact Susan Behery ( or 970-385-6560), or visit Reclamation’s Navajo Dam website at

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