Wednesday, October 18, 2006

New Mexico Sailing Club, Heron Lake update

Friday, August 20
Heron Lake Update:
7,147.72 feet elev., 210.226 acre feet.
Up 1-1/2 inches and 530 a.f. in 24 hours.
Up 5-1/2 inches and 1,71 a.f. in 71 hours.
Willow Creek flow is 265 c.fs. (249-362 in 71 hours)

Elephant Butte Lake:
4,329.98 feet elev., 383,294 a.f.
Up 1.7 inches and 1,554 a.f. in 24 hours.
Up 6 inches and 5,322 a.f. in 71 hours.


Hi All,

Saturday our family was at Elephant Butte Lake, which, like Heron, has continued to rise this fall. There we did some boat swapping so we could get a boat in line for some repairs. (By the way, has everyone gotten their trailers out of the parking area near the Heron marina?)

The last best news I had about Heron was that the lake has continued to rise quite a bit, all but about ten or so boats have left, and that Bob H., Rich K., Giles , and Joe M. (thanks guys!) had been keeping an eye on the place while we were encouraging folks to get the last few boats out.

The weekend before last, I participated in the Heron Lake town hall meeting and trail dedication on October 7th, and got some information (water level projections) from the new Bureau of Reclamation engineer in Albuquerque, Garrett Ross. The marina will likely stay afloat until mid-winter, but the marina cove is expected to completely dry out next spring before the runoff replenishes the lake.

Rich K. has contacted our diver to get work done to prepare the marina for winter. Galvafoam / Shoremaster is working on our order of marina parts and we should have news soon about their progress and a shipping date. (I left a message for Roger Squires at Galvafoam. With Bill R. in rehab, we’ll need a volunteer to find a forklift or piece of similar equipment to help unload the shipment when it arrives.)

We still continue to wish for a speedy and full recovery for Bill R. and can provide more information for anyone who would like to send him a get well wish. His therapists have asked that friends NOT visit. An update sent Tuesday evening by Elaine is attached below.

Besides the B dock and walkway improvements, and preparing the whole marina for winter, we’ll need to get stuff out of the dock house and store it for winter, haul out the club dinghies if that hasn’t been done yet, stack up the picnic tables, etc. Also, we’ll want to withdraw the gangways and lock the gate when we don’t have work parties so as to discourage uninvited guests, especially during snagging season.

Please save time on your calendars for fall work parties and our Holiday / Christmas party on December 9th.

Rich K. said… Pat: Mark P. and I finally connected by phone today. He said that he had to check his schedule but thought that he could dive sometime later this week or next week. He's supposed to call me back with a date. I think I can take a day off work to meet with him and get the underwater work done. Will let you know what transpires. -- Rich


Heron Lake conditions on Wednesday morning:

209,250 acre feet, 7,147.48 feet elevation.
Up 2-1/2 inches and 853 acre feet in 24 hours.
Up 8 inches and 2,600 acre feet in 72 hours.

Willow Creek is flowing at 336 cubic feet per second (324 c.f.s. minimum, 584 c.f.s. max. within the past 72 hours) The Azotea tunnel is flowing at 334 c.f.s. (624 c.f.s. maximum)

This is the highest the lake's been all year ... just when it's time to leave ... of course! September water balance calculations for Heron Lake:

. 844 a.f. Rio Grande water in
5,556 a.f. San Juan-Chama water in. 101 a.f. Rio Grande water out
. . . 0 a.f. San Juan-Chama water out
1,110 a.f. San Juan-Chama water loss

65,168 a.f. San Juan-Chama water in, March – September
.6,320 a.f. San Juan-Chama water loss, Jan.- Sept.
.6,773 a.f. San Juan-Chama water out, May – Sept.

Date . . storage, a.f. elevation, ft. . marina depth, ft.
Dec. 31 . . 198,729 . . 7144.85 . . 19
Jan. 31 . . 182,547 . . 7140.63 . . 15
Feb. 28 . . 168,444 . . 7136.75 . . 11
Mar. 31 . . 153,624 . . 7132.42 . .. 7
Apr. 30 . . 161,650 . . 7134.80 . .. 9
May. 31 . . 186,191 . . 7141.60 . . 16
Jun. 30 . . 192,532 . . 7143.26 . . 18
Jul. 31 . . 192,300 . . 7143.20 . . 18
Aug. 31 . . 193,382 . . 7143.48 . . 18
Sep. 30 . . 198,571 . . 7144.81 . . 19
Oct. 18 . . 209,250 . . 7147.48 . . 22

From: "Bill & Elaine
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 21:11:34 -0600
Dear Friends and Family,

Not all of you know that Bill suffered a stroke on Sept 30. He continues to make progress everyday, but he has a ways to go. Because he is involved in the biggest fight of his life, his therapists have asked that we curtail all visits. His therapy sessions are very intense and he needs his rest to be able to make it through them. At this time what we need the most from our friends and family is prayer.

If you call, I can't promise that I will be able to answer the phone or that I will even have time to call you back. Our days at the rehab center are intense and sometimes I am very tired when I get home at night. Email is the best way to communicate with me. I will try to keep you all informed on his progress whenever I can.

Thank you for all you do and for all your prayers. Elaine


At 7:30 AM, October 22, 2006, Anonymous AdriftAtSea said...

My thoughts, prayers and well wishes go out to Bill and his family. Having had my own recent bout with medical problems has made me much more aware of such things again.


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