Higher-than-normal spring runoff has caused over-bank flooding in the Corrales bosque, and village and conservation district officials are urging people not the use the trails in the inundated area.
“This year's snowpack is reminding us of how wet things normally can be,” Corrales Mayor Scott Kominiak said in joint news release sent out by the village and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. “The water's awesome, but it can be dangerous, too.”
Indeed, there are over-bank flows along several areas of the middle Rio Grande from Cochiti to Elephant Butte due to the intense runoff that began in late April, the advisory states.
“Water managers anticipate that high releases near 5,000 cubic feet per second will continue for the next four to six weeks,” the news release says. “Areas within the Corrales bosque that are now flooded due to over-bank flows will continue to be inundated during this period, as is true in many areas along the 150-mile reach of the Rio Grande.”
In advising people not to use the flooded trails, the village and conservancy district said the potential exists for injuries to people and horses.
“The saturated areas are very dangerous due to animal burrows which can give way when stepped on and very muddy areas which can lead to animals or persons being stuck or injured,” the news release reads. “In addition, existing trails will be damaged if used while saturated, potentially requiring significant resources to restore.”
Conservancy District spokesman Mike Hamman said “the district fully supports this recommended restriction in order to keep trail users safe as well as minimize damages to the trails and levee banks.”
The officials said normal use in the dry areas of the bosque is still encouraged.