A wet year on the Colorado, yes, but… Posted by jfleck on 4 May 2017, 3:21 pm This is only the fourth year since the turn of the century with above-average flow on the Colorado River. Colorado River flows
Why are these flows called ‘Natural’ when the Lee’s Ferry Gauge is blow Glen Canyon Dam?
Looking back at an answer you gave me last year I see “On the Colorado, the Bureau does an exhaustive “natural flow” calculation at Lee’s Ferry to correct for all the upstream dams and diversions,”
A more descriptive term that is sometimes used is “Naturalized” flow, but this can be confused with restoring actual flows for ecological purposes — so no terminology is perfect here.