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March 21, 2019
Increased Flow in the Santa Fe River Starting March 22

Drivers, Pedestrians are encouraged to take caution 

March 21, 2019

As a result of recent precipitation and the associated runoff to the municipal reservoirs, the Water Division has increased the amount of water being released from Nichols Reservoir to 25 cubic feet per second (cfs), or above, into the Santa Fe River beginning on March 22, 2019, and continuing as necessary throughout the weekend until further notice.

“Due to exceptional snowpack in the Santa Fe River Watershed and expecting continued spring precipitation events, the Water Division is actively managing reservoir storage levels in order to prevent flooding flows through Santa Fe,” stated Rick Carpenter, Interim Water Division Director.

Pedestrians along the river are advised to be aware of rising water levels along the outer banks and pools that could appear during the reservoir releases.  Drivers within Santa Fe County are advised to take caution at all river and arroyo water crossings. The City’s release plans and schedule will be adjusted as required for reservoir management purposes and prevalent weather patterns.

The NOAA/National Weather Service expects a 33% probability of above average precipitation in Santa Fe with El Niño conditions continuing through the summer.

Contact: Rick Carpenter, Interim Water Division Director, (505) 955-4206

 

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