Runoff news: Dillon Reservoir full

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From the Vail Daily (Bob Berwyn):

Flows in the Blue below the Dillon Dam are currently spiking as high as 1,550 cubic feet per second and could top the 1,800 cfs mark, said Denver Water’s Bob Steger. That’s the level at which the river sometimes spills out of its banks, he said…

This year’s early runoff filled the reservoir on May 25, one of the earliest dates on record…

For now, Denver Water can’t divert water through the Roberts Tunnel because all of its Front Range reservoirs are full, Steger said. That means all the water flowing into Dillon Reservoir — from the Snake River, the Blue and Ten Mile Creek — has to flow out through Silverthorne and into the Lower Blue. How long the reservoir continues to spill is weather dependent, but Steger said he anticipates high flows in the Blue for the next month or so.

From email from Reclamation (Dan Crabtree):

The current elevation of Blue Mesa Reservoir is 7513.84 which is about 5.5 feet from full and inflow continues to remain high. In order to control the fill rate of the reservoir, Reclamation is compelled to increase releases by another 400 cfs this week. Releases from Crystal will increase 200 cfs on Tuesday, June 2 and another 200 cfs on Wednesday June 3rd. This will bring total Crystal release to 3,300 cfs. Currently, 800 – 900 cfs is being diverted through the Gunnison Tunnel. This will leave approximately 2,500 cfs in the Gunnison Gorge and Black Canyon.

From the Vail Daily:

Gore Creek above Red Sandstone Creek was running at 950 cubic feet per second Monday, according to the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District. The historical average for Gore Creek this time of year is about 680 cubic feet per second, according to the district. The Gore Creek historically peaks this week, according to district statistics.

The Eagle River near Minturn was running at 687 cubic feet per second Monday, the district reported. This year, it peaked around May 20 at 826 cubic feet per second. The Eagle River below the Avon wastewater plant was running at 1,680 cubic feet per second Monday. That was below the historical average of about 1,900 cubic feet per second for this time of year.

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