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A few thoughts from John Fleck, a writer of journalism and other things, living in New Mexico



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Comment on What Did We Know and When Did We Know It: How Much Water Does the Colorado River Really Have? by Rhea Graham

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:35:21 +0000

A fascinating approach to understanding the history of policy making decisions. I won’t be there for the best of reasons—assisting the fine educators at V. Sue Cleveland high school as a judge for their always popular Science Expo, is one of my favorite ways to share encouragement and the joy of learning with those for whom the fate of the Colorado River is an unavoidable reality.



Comment on You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave by songbird

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:35:50 +0000

also the year of 2112 (one of Rush's albums).



Comment on You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave by Scot Key

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:54:37 +0000

Finally, something on this blog I actually know something about, namely being alive in 1976 and listening to/watching Frank Zappa. I've since read that Mr. Zappa did not exactly endear himself to the SNL cast, but I could be wrong. What I do know/remember for sure about that SNL performance is being 15 years-old, watching "I am the Slime..." with Don Pardo doing some great MC action, and that Candice Bergen was host, which was extremely important to me as well, when I was 15. I honestly cannot recall the Colorado River Basin snowpack situation back in 1976-1977, but can report the green "slime" oozing from the SNL studio TV monitors that night was plentiful.



Comment on What happened in the Colorado River Basin in the winter of 1976-77? by You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave - jfleck at inkstain

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:19:34 +0000

[…] week I noted the disturbing analogy of 1976-77 for the Colorado River Basin, a year eerily similar in the early months of snowpack development to […]






Comment on On the need for federal legislation to implement Colorado River drought plans by Tom

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:31:53 +0000

The Lower Basin DCP would allow California to take surplus (over and above its 4.4 MAF apportionment) when the Secretary has declared a shortage in the Lower Basin triggering reductions to Arizona and Nevada. Article II(B)(3) of the Decree in AZ v. CA provides that when there is insufficient water to satisfy the full 7.5 MAF for the three Lower Basin states "in no event shall more than 4.4 MAF be apportioned for use in California." Seems to me that federal legislation is absolutely required to countermand the Decree. Of course, there's also the more fundamental question of how the Secretary intends to declare that both shortage (II(B)(3)) and surplus (II(B)(2)) conditions exist at the same time, which is necessary to permit the release of ICS during shortage as provided in DCP. I'm interested to see how they manage that.



Comment on What happened in the Colorado River Basin in the winter of 1976-77? by Tom

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:18:20 +0000

Patrick, you are correct that Powell and Mead were higher at the end of 1977 than they are today (although Powell was only 8 feet higher). But natural flow in the Colorado River averaged 24 million acre-feet a year in 1983 and 1984; that may not be enough today to cause the reservoirs to spill, but it would completely change the current situation. My point is simply that one shouldn't be discouraged that this year looks like 1977 given that average annual flow in the river over the following 10 years (1978-1987) was 18.35 MAF.



Comment on It finally rained in Albuquerque by Bosque Bill

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:27:18 +0000

Only 0.005" in my rain gauge in the north valley. Does that even qualify as a "trace?" Still better than nothing, I guess. Even this NM native has been running a humidifier in the house the last several weeks.



Comment on What happened in the Colorado River Basin in the winter of 1976-77? by Patrick McCool

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:54:15 +0000

I wonder though Tom if the reservoirs were as low at the beginning of 76 as they are today. Probably not. A year as wet as 83 would certainly help but it's not gonna be anywhere near over flowing.