My brain immediately went into overdrive as to how I could pull this off. Of course my first stop was our assistant office manager who I quickly briefed. She called our public affairs person who put out a press release saying flows below the dam could rise sharply without notice. Since temps were -15 at the dam the night before, we doubted there would be any fishermen out there, but you never know! I worked out a scheme where we could borrow water from one user who had water in their reservoir and have it paid back later in the year by another user who had water upstream. It just so happened that my counterpart with that organization was in my office for a meeting. He gave me the green light to use their water. Everything fell into place very quickly. Los Alamos was given the green light to proceed if necessary. My only concern would be the backlash from the fishing/environmental community since it is not very healthy for the river to go from 40 to 1000 and back to 40 in a matter of a couple of days. With lives at risk, however, I doubt people would value a trout more than a human. Knowing some enviros, however, I wouldn't put it past them to think that way.
As of this morning the situation seems to have stabilized and a release was not necessary. It's things like these, however, that make my job so interesting at times!