Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Lake Level Update, Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Elephant Butte Lake is at 4,344.50 feet above benchmark as of 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2008, with 565,081 acre feet of water.

It's up 1.9 inches and 2,216 acre feet in 24 hours and 5.7 inches and 6,637 a.f. in 71 hours.
Outflow at the dam is 1,690 cubic feet per second; inflow at the San Marcial floodway is 2,480 cfs.

Recent regattas at the Butte have included the Jack and Jill his and hers race and Joshua Slocum single-hand race during the past weekend, the Mallory Cup eliminations for SAIL on the weekend of May 2-4, and the spring series 3 and championship races on the weekend of April 26. The next big race is the Anniversary Cup on June 7th, which will be a distance race.

Heron Lake is at elevation 7,155.55 feet above mean sea level, with 243,579 acre feet of water. It is up 4.4 inches and 1,642 acre feet in 24 hours and up one foot and 4,377 acre feet in the past 71 hours. At Heron, the water is about 30 feet deep under the marina and the water level is already as high as it became during 2007 The marina has been open for about two weeks and more boats are gradually being launched and berthed.

So far this year I've been sailing on 15 days, plus doing race management on 6 other days. This past weekend I got to sail on a Hunter 28 and an Etchells on Friday, then ran race committee from a powerboat on Saturday and Sunday.


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