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Hydrology Committee (1999-2009)

The Hydrology Committee was a formal committee of the Recovery Program, combining and replacing both the Navajo Dam Operating Committee (originally authorized as a committee in this Implementation Program) and the Ad Hoc hydrology committee formed in 1997. The Navajo Dam Operating Committee was formed to provide input to Reclamation during the 7-year research period to help assure that the interests of the water users in the San Juan Basin and those of the environment were considered and protected to the extent necessary when making releases. This was done with the explicit understanding that Bureau of Reclamation has ultimate responsibility for making final decisions regarding the operation of Navajo Dam in accordance with standard operating procedures.  The Hydrology Committee is no longer in place, but both Biology and Coordination Committee play a role in the final decisions for both Navajo Reservoir releases to meet Flow Recommendations.