The elevation of the Colorado River on the Parker Strip has been low, and people have been noticing!
Any news or ideas of why river has been so low this last week?”
It’s a good question, because when the river level is lower than usual, it can cause sandbars and rock to be exposed that isn’t ordinarily, which means more dinged props.
So, I asked the Bureau of Reclamation, which is the department of the federal government in charge of managing the volume of water that goes through Parker Dam (and therefore adjusts the water level on the Parker Strip).
Here’s what they said:
“Hurricane Rosa is heading up through the lower Colorado River area. Lots of rain is expected in the area. As such, our schedulers in Yuma Area Office have reduced the water orders out of Parker Dam to create space in Senator Wash and Brock Reservoir to capture runoff as well as water ordered but not diverted.”
In other words, it’s on purpose and has to do with our unusually wet forecast. While Parker Dam usually releases more than 4400 cubic feet per second, it dipped well below 4000 cfs in the last week.
So, you know, watch those props.