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Park Sponsors Swiftwater Rescue Training

Dinosaur National Monument

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Dinosaur National Monument sponsored a swiftwater rescue course on the Green River from May 2nd through May 6th. Participants included rangers and a volunteer from the park, river rangers from Colorado State Parks, a Moffat County SAR team member and a park concessioner guide.

Rick Brown, a retired ranger from Great Smoky Mountains National Park who is a Rescue 3© instructor, led the course. The Bureau of Reclamation increased discharge flows from Flaming Gorge Dam during the course from approximately 4,000 to 9,000 cubic feet per second – a level not seen in years – to prepare for increased flows into the reservoir from the Green River basin where the snow water equivalent is 186% of normal.

While creating a challenging environment for students, the increased flow provided an opportunity to prepare for predicted record river levels later this spring. The park relies heavily upon outside resources to assist with SAR operations on the Green and Yampa Rivers. Strong teamwork, communication and cooperation between NPS and these partners are critical to the success of SAR missions. Another joint training session led by Moffat County SAR is scheduled on the Yampa in early June when the river will be nearing or at its peak flow for the season.


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