Navajo Reservoir

BOR Flow Recommendation Changes Proposed, by Steve Harris, Harris Water Engineering

An important component of the recovery of the endangered Colorado Pikeminnow and Razorback Sucker in the San Juan River is the magnitude and pattern of flows in the critical habitat downstream of Farmington. The first development of the flows was in 1999 that  primarily focused on the quantity of water and timing of releases from Navajo Reservoir. Also in 1999, a range of equally important flow ranges were estimated to be beneficial to recovery of the fish: base flows of 500 to 1000 cfs; peak intermediate flows of 2500/5000/8000 cfs; and peak flow of 10,000 cfs or more. The outlet works at Navajo Dam cannot release more than 5,000 cfs so in order to obtain flows downstream of Farmington approaching 10,000 cfs, Navajo releases need to be matched with high Animas River flows (i.e. spring runoff). 

September 28, 2014--Concern mounts about Colorado River water supply (Durango Herald)

The water in Navajo Reservoir could play a role in meeting Colorado River Compact obligations in the event of continued drought, Bruce Whitehead, director of the Southwestern Water Conservation District said Friday.

September 23, 2014--Water conservation districts plan for the worst (KVNF)

With monsoon season passing us, it might be easy to forget that Colorado and the entire Colorado River are in the middle of a long drought--14 years long. With seemingly no end in sight, two water conservation districts, the Colorado River and Southwestern Water Conservation District, teamed up to come up with a plan in case things don’t get better.  Jim Pokrandt is with the Col

September 13, 2014--Deadline softens for city of Aztec to fix Animas River intake (Daily Times)

Officials have softened the Oct. 31 deadline for the City of Aztec to construct a permanent solution in the Animas River to help feed the city's sole river intake for drinking water. Last winter, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set the deadline after the city applied for a permit to construct a rock diversion dike in the Animas River.

December 12, 2013--Navajo Lake projects underway (Cortez Journal)

Construction projects planned for Navajo State Park will provide improvements to the popular area for campers, boaters and wildlife enthusiasts. The projects are either now in process or will be completed next year, said Doug Secrist, park manager.

March 25, 2013--State, Coast Guard to step up enforcement of safety on Navajo Lake (Durango Herald)

Water-sport enthusiasts are being put on notice that their conduct is going to be scrutinized this summer at Navajo Lake in an effort to avoid water-related deaths. “There are too many water-related fatalities,” Robert Hedges, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Flotilla 23 Navajo Lake in Arboles, said Sunday.

December 31, 2012--More snow needed to relieve Four Corners drought (Denver Post)

Winter storms have started dropping snow in northern New Mexico's parched San Juan County but significantly more snowfall is needed to relieve drought conditions. The Farmington Daily Times reports that the water level behind Navajo Dam was 57 percent of capacity as of Dec. 26. Hydrologic engineer Susan Behery of the U.S.

February 10, 2012--Agencies plan study of mercury levels in fish (Durango Herald)

Concerns about mercury contamination in fish have prompted various agencies to take action toward better understanding the problem. The Southwestern Water Conservation District and the U.S. Geological Survey have scheduled a meeting next month to lay the foundation for a study.

December 5, 2011--Northern NM reservoirs may hold invasive mussels (Denver Post)

Preliminary tests show invasive mussels may have arrived in El Vado and Navajo reservoirs in northern New Mexico. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation​ spokeswoman Mary Perea Carlson tells the Albuquerque Journal that lab samples collected in October show signs of either quagga or zebra mussels.

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