What happens when there's too much runoff?

By Cody Hooks
chooks@taosnews.com
Posted 5/16/19

This spring has had some good streamflows, no?Though the rivers flowing around Taos County aren't seeing historic flows, it's still far more than usual and far, far more than last year.Case in point: …

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What happens when there's too much runoff?

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This spring has had some good streamflows, no?

Though the rivers flowing around Taos County aren't seeing historic flows, it's still far more than usual and far, far more than last year.

Case in point: the flow in the Red River is so prolific that it topped the banks and has spilled over into the surrounding campground.

For this reason, the Carson National Forest is keeping the popular camping and fishing area, located three miles west of Red River, closed until further notice.

"For resource protection and public safety, it is necessary to temporarily close the lakes and campground. Fawn Lakes Campground has been closed for the winter and will remain closed until we have determined it is safe to enter," read a press release from the forest spokesperson Denise Ottaviano. "Water levels will be closely monitored to determine when it will be safe to open the lakes and campground."

Fawn Lakes are located on the Questa Ranger District on State Road 38. For more information, call the ranger station at (575) 586-0520.

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