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    New Flow plan breakdown? Crayon version please.

    Can someone point me in the direction of the parameters of the FFMP thats being followed on the D.

    I tried following the searches but cant find anything that SIMPLY bullet points the
    guidelines of FFMP.

    I would like a way to figure out what to expect in terms of releases AHEAD of time.

    For instance, I'm hoping for a release ASAP, but don't know how I can find the information as to if thats a going to happen because of factors A, B, or C.

    I had a small understanding of it, but mostly a hazy view of the plan, current and past.

    Break out the crayons.

    Thanks
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    Re: New Flow plan breakdown? Crayon version please.

    The Coalition's Delaware River Adaptive Release Policy

    At the present time, NOTHING is guaranteed. To foresee the future regarding a release is simply not possible at the present time.

    Also...

    http://www.njflyfishing.com/vBulleti...-wb-flows.html
    (The last post in this thread has a .pdf attached to it)

    Pictures taken before/after/during fly fishing:
    http://dcabarle.smugmug.com/Sports/F...79119552_XXeHe

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    Re: New Flow plan breakdown? Crayon version please.


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    Re: New Flow plan breakdown? Crayon version please.

    Dennis is correct. If the Montague target drops below 1750 cfs, releases will increase. These are typically mostly from Cannonsville, but not always.


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    Re: New Flow plan breakdown? Crayon version please.

    On June 15th, according to the new plan, the Montague target is 1850 cfs.


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    Re: New Flow plan breakdown? Crayon version please.

    Quote Originally Posted by brachycentrus View Post
    On June 15th, according to the new plan, the Montague target is 1850 cfs.
    ?? The new FFMP plan cannot change the US Supreme Court decree of 1954. Perhaps you saw a typo? The FFMP has to take into consideration targeted releases to keep a min. flow of 1750 at Montague regardless of L2 or other release levels, but the target of 1750 has not changed.

    Or perhaps the DRBC is planning an additional 100 cfs to make sure they're not dropping below 1750 as we so often see when they're at 1690 or 1723, etc.(?).


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    Re: New Flow plan breakdown? Crayon version please.

    http://water.usgs.gov/osw/odrm/FFMP.pdf

    3. FLOW OBJECTIVES
    a. Montague Flow Objective
    In accordance with Section III. B. 1. (b) of the Decree, except with respect to limitations provided herein, releases from the City Delaware Basin Reservoirs shall be in quantities designed to maintain a minimum basic rate of flow during Normal conditions at the gaging station of the United States Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) at Montague of 1,750 cubic feet per second (cfs) during the period from September 16 through June 14 and 1,850 cfs during the period June 15 through September 15 in accordance with Section 4.c., as directed by the River Master in accordance with Section VII of the Decree.
    The Decree Parties agree to evaluate the desirability of and alternatives to the existing Montague flow objective, including consideration of the availability of increased storage, and provide a report with recommendations within three years after the effective date of this Agreement. If a recommendation for change is made, the impact on the Trenton flow objective (see Paragraph b. below) shall be assessed.


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    Re: New Flow plan breakdown? Crayon version please.

    Brian,
    Page 4, paragraph 3 of the new FFMP as I posted.
    Unless I am reading this incorrectly, it specifically says 1850 on June 15.


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    Re: New Flow plan breakdown? Crayon version please.

    The Montague Target has been increased to 1850 cfs for 6/15 to 9/15. The decree can be changed by unanimous vote of the decree parties. What the US Supreme Court said was that it cannot go below 1750 cfs under normal conditions. This increase is all meaningless when you consider that Lake Wallenpaupack and Rio Reservoir add flow to the river via their power generation.

    What has happened is NYC agreed to a plan that they knew would give them less water releases. No thermal banks or releases. The current 250 cfs release from Cannonsville can only be said to be better than nothing, which is really not saying much. To have a plan in place without the fail safe thermal bank is nuts. It still surprises me that conservation organizations lobbied to have this plan put in place without the thermal bank insurance.

    Trout Unlimited recognized this after the fact when they issued the following press release:

    Trout Unlimited Statement on the Delaware River Flows


    "A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure. It offers a necessity of life that must be rationed among those who have power over it." -U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1931 Delaware River Diversion Case

    Trout Unlimited (TU) is dedicated to the ecological preservation of the Upper Delaware River environment and its trout fisheries. Because of this, our organization and its New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania Councils cannot support the reservoir release schedules that are contained within the interim Flexible Flow Management Program (FFMP) due to the significant damage these releases will bring to the Delaware River’s ecosystem. In particular, under the interim releases the trout fisheries of the Upper Delaware River’s main stem will be lost due to lethal rises in water temperatures and loss of habitat. Additionally, the interim release schedule harms American shad populations and habitat, dwarf wedge mussels and other fish and wildlife as well as the recreational tourist economy of the Upper Delaware region. TU does, however, support in principle the FFMP adaptive release concept to address the flow management issues in the Delaware River basin. It is well documented that there is more than enough water in the Upper Delaware River for all the Decree Parties and for healthy aquatic habitat for trout, shad, and the many other species that live in and along the Neversink, East and West branches, and Main Stem of the river. The current constraint under which the FFMP is modeled, however, is invalid, biased, and inflexible:

    • New York City’s annual diversions from Neversink, Pepacton, and Cannonsville reservoirs over the past ten years have averaged 508 mgd. Yet the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has consistently required that all OASIS modeling of future scenarios consider an annual New York City diversion of 765 mgd. This means that over 290 mgd is available for ecosystem benefits downstream of the reservoirs, not the 35 mgd that the DRBC is currently modeling.

    • By imposing a release schedule calculated for extreme water supply diversions (765 mgd) when the actual annual average diversions are much lower (508 mgd), the DRBC’s interim FFMP will result in far more reservoir spills and significantly higher reservoirs each year than the OASIS model currently predicts. This is wasteful and irresponsible management of the Delaware River’s water.

    • New York City’s annual average diversions have been decreasing over the past 15 years, and they are not projected to increase for the foreseeable future.

    Given New York City’s average diversions and the resulting additional water in the Upper Delaware River, the following changes will correct the deficiencies of the FFMP with no risk to any of the Decree Parties’ water rights and availability.

    (1)
    The releases in the interim FFMP must be increased. Higher reservoir releases from Cannonsville are needed from May to September to protect trout habitat in the lower West Branch and Main Stem Delaware River. Similarly, higher release rates are required for the Neversink and East Branch tributaries to protect against low flows and high water temperatures. In light of the large quantity of available water that will not be diverted to New York City and will eventually find its way downstream as spillage over the dams, TU cannot accept any FFMP without an increase in releases from all three reservoirs. The OASIS model can substantiate this, and the DSS model verifies the considerable habitat gains for the rivers.

    (2)
    More release levels and seasons are necessary in the interim FFMP. The interim FFMP structure is very inflexible; during most summers, releases will remain in L2 more than 75 percent of the time. At a minimum, additional graduated levels need to be added to both the L1 and L2 Storage Zone. The FFMP will also benefit from additional seasons, particularly because of traditional water temperature and flow problems in mid- to late-May, early-June, and the summer period through mid-September whenever Montague flow target releases are not made.

    (3)
    Weekly averaging of the Montague flow target is needed. The wildly fluctuating releases that result from the efforts to meet Montague flow target shortages must be eliminated. These extreme daily variances create dangerous water temperature fluctuations to the biota and disrupt various forms of recreation on the rivers. Proactive directed releases must be based on a weekly average target rather than daily variances. Anticipated hydropower generation releases from the Lackawaxen and Mongaup rivers make this entirely feasible and such a weekly averaging should be instituted immediately. Using anticipated water diversions, anticipated Montague target releases, and projected hydropower releases, the Rivermaster can institute a weekly Montague release that accounts for these factors and eliminates these harmful and unnecessary daily fluctuations.

    (4)
    Directed releases for the Montague flow target must be balanced from the reservoirs. Some portion of the Montague releases should be apportioned as necessary to the East Branch and Neversink rivers when the Rivermaster requires water releases for the Montague flow target. Such an allocation in releases will provide more aquatic habitat to the three tailwaters and help avoid draining Cannonsville during dry years.

    (5)
    A formal annual review of the FFMP is mandatory. A process must be established to provide for an annual review of the FFMP to assess its performance. Consistent review, analysis, and response are needed to address any of its shortcomings and incorporate new research. Because these aquatic environments are extremely sensitive, we stress the need for the DRBC to maintain the ability to act quickly at times to avoid long-term environmental damage from loss of aquatic habitat. Any formal process to review and respond to new information or environmental conditions must include the stakeholders and not be unnecessarily hindered by the bureaucratic process. TU recognizes the extraordinary efforts that are necessary for the equitable apportionment and management of the Upper Delaware watershed for both the DRBC and the Decree Parties. We recognize that management needs for these rivers will remain dynamic and require constant assessment. By implementing the above courses of action to correct the deficiencies of the interim FFMP, the DRBC and the Decree Parties can use their power to significantly improve the health of the Delaware River and its treasured trout fisheries—and with no risk to New York City or any other Decree Party’s water supplies or rights.

    "I think I fish, in part, because it's an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution." John Gierach

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    Re: New Flow plan breakdown? Crayon version please.

    Hi Ant,

    I held back on my comments regarding the premature victory laps taken by individuals who post on this site concerning increased flows over the winter. I was not impressed by 1500 cfs flows in December that were eliminating anchor ice, etc. and kept saying to myself and others..."Give me those flows in June, July and August". These individuals work extremely hard to improve the fishing on the Delaware for ALL of us and I'm sure are twice as disappointed as we are with respect to the current embarrassing conditions on the Delaware. I believe their work is honorable, thankless but unfortunately futile. The more things change, the more they will remain the same and we all need to accept the unfortunate reality that the water in the resevoirs are for people and not for fish. Too many competing groups with different agendas (all looking to capture the golden ring) combined with negotiations of bad flow plans, have created a nightmare on the Delaware that will not change anytime soon. We were better off with no groups and a dam that leaked 450cfs...

    GH


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    Re: New Flow plan breakdown? Crayon version please.

    Guys thanks.

    I will try and read through it's WORDY grey areas and figure out the parameters that call for a release.

    One question:

    Montague was going down to 2300 about, what caused a spike of about 800 CFS recently?

    What factors OTHER than rainfall cause it to rise/fall.
    How many reservoirs etc.. I guess I was hoping for it to drop so it would call for a release from Canonsville etc. but it looks like its being sustained by other water sources.

    Thanks


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    Re: New Flow plan breakdown? Crayon version please.

    Montague is being met by Wallenpaughpack, PPL and flows from tribs further south.

    DRBC said that because of the increase releases earlier in the year, Gov Rendel, that NYC is owed about 10% back which they can take at any time.

    Don't expect much release soon. He said that June, July, and August are what they are trying to negotiate to get better flows. But again NYC has veto power.


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