We paddled down the Russian River through Healdsburg on 120 Cubic Feet per Second today. Once salmon start swimming up the river from the Pacific, the California Water Control People release 240 CFS (Cubic Feet per Second) so they can swim upstream to spawn. You can see the flow rates over the past year here. The river pictured flooding (on my birthday!) below had a flow rate around 19,000 CFS, similar to the peak flow of the Russian River earlier this spring (May 28).
Flow Rate (in CFS) of the Russian River though Healdsburg, May 2011 – June 2012