The runoff is expected to peak in a couple of weeks or so, according to a report from David Frey writing for the Aspen Daily News. What a difference a year makes. Click on the thumbnail to the right to see a photo of last year’s spill at Crystal Reservoir (a rare occurence this century). Reclamation was releasing water in anticipation of a monster runoff in the Gunnison Basin. From the article:
This spring’s heavy runoff is due in part to late snows that pushed snowpack levels up above average in the Colorado River drainage and much of the state. It’s peaking early, said Dave Kanzer, senior water resources engineer for the Colorado River District, due partly to the dust storms that have coated the snow on area mountains, causing the snow to melt faster than usual. Officials have counted 12 different storms that have left area white-capped peaks with a distinctly reddish hue.
The Colorado River below Glenwood Springs was running at 10,700 cubic feet per second Wednesday afternoon, nearly double a week ago. The Roaring Fork River at Glenwood Springs was running at 3,940 cfs Wednesday afternoon, up from 2,000 cfs a week ago. Near Aspen it was running at 325 cfs.