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Caption only: Nature’s overabundance released at Flaming Gorge Dam

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Water from a Flaming Gorge Dam bypass tube blasts into the Green River after the switch came down and the floods began to come up. Reclamation officials began diverting 2,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) of water Wednesday to prevent midsummer flooding caused by heavy snowmelt runoff. The releases should continue through next week, although officials could halt the operation at any time if weather and conditions change. Although water levels are rising near the bottom of the dam, the releases likely won't affect Green River fish or recreational activities. In fact, the releases are designed to replicate the river's natural flooding cycle.