Wednesday, 18 April 2012 22:33

The Santa Fe River Flows Again!

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Our beloved Santa Fe River will flow again with the spring run-off.  This picture was taken a few days ago below Alto Park just before the Camino Alire Bridge. The picture was taken by my daughter Raquel Baca-Tompson who works for the Santa Fe Watershed Association. More information at:

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  • Comment Link Arthur Scott Monday, 23 April 2012 23:46 posted by Arthur Scott

    @Kent. Acre-feet are a measure of volume. Amount of water required to cover one are one foot deep. You are correct. I think the statement should read a release of 602 acre-feet. I checked the real-time flow in the Santa Fe River. See link above. After reservoir gates were opened by the State Engineer, flow was stable at about 16 cubic feet per second. It will take about 20 days to complete release of about 600 acre feet of water. I am sure it ispreparation of storage of expected snow melt over the next couple of months.

  • Comment Link Kent G. Hansen Monday, 23 April 2012 23:30 posted by Kent G. Hansen

    Is is really 600 acre feet per second? That sounds like a bunch too me for the Santa Fe River. Doesn't that mean that every second it would cover 600 acres with a foot of water?

  • Comment Link George Pomonis Monday, 23 April 2012 18:11 posted by George Pomonis

    I remember that during cloud bursts the river would flow bank to bank at a very high rate of flow. Those boulders that one sees in the photo above were washed down during this time. One could hear the boulders colliding with each other as they were pushed down stream by the flooding river.

  • Comment Link Arthur Scott Sunday, 22 April 2012 14:11 posted by Arthur Scott

    If you would like to see a graphical representat of this release from the reservoir go to the following:

    Data is real time and shows comparision with median flow computed fro 99 yers of streamflow data.

  • Comment Link Stephen Earnest Thursday, 19 April 2012 02:55 posted by Stephen Earnest

    Well ok those of us desert rats tend to expand our definitions of "river" but I don't care it will always be the Santa Fe River to me.

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