Santa Cruz Lake Full, Spilling Over

Santa Cruz spillway
Water pours over the spillway April 28 at Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo. Rivers and streams in Northern New Mexico are flowing well-above average this year as the heavy snowpack that accumulated over the winter melts in the Sangre de Cristo and Southern San Juan mountains and the runoff swells streamflows throughout the area. The Santa Cruz River that feeds into Santa Cruz Lake is currently flowing at 313 cubic-feet-second and median flow for this date is 64 cubic-feet-per-second. The Santa Cruz River enters the Rio Grande at Espanola. The streamflow in the Rio Grande at Otowi Bridge below Espanola is 4,840 cubic-feet-per-second, over 2,000 cubic-feet-per-second higher than the median flow.