Reclamation Increases Flows in the Stanislaus River

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Reclamation will increase flows in the Stanislaus River from Goodwin Dam beginning on October 13. Flows will be 900 cubic-feet-per-second by October 14 and then drop to 450 cfs on October 17.

On Sunday, October 13, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin increasing releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River. These releases will be in the form of two pulses. The first will begin on October 13, and will increase to 900 cubic-feet-per-second on October 14, then drop to 450 cfs on October 17. The second pulse will begin at 1:00 a.m. on October 23, and will ramp up quickly to a peak of about 2,000 cfs by 1:00 p.m. On October 24, the releases will begin gradually decreasing, reaching about 200 cfs by November 22.

The higher releases are necessary to meet the fall fishery pulse flow requirements according to the National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion.

People recreating in or along the Stanislaus River downstream from Goodwin Dam to the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Rivers should take appropriate safety precautions with the increased flows. Particular attention is drawn to the sharp increase from 450 to 2,000 cfs on October 23.

Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir, features of the Central Valley Project.

Daily information on expected flows in the Stanislaus River can be found on the California Data Exchange Center website at or from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at For more information on the Stanislaus River, visit Reclamation’s Central Valley Operation Office website at

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