Runoff (precipitation) news: Blue Mesa 3 inches from spilling

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From email from Reclamation (Erik Knight):

Inflows to Blue Mesa Reservoir continue to remain higher than expected and rain is in the forecast for this weekend. Even today inflows to Blue Mesa Reservoir have been staying higher than originally forecast. Blue Mesa Reservoir is now about 3 inches from spilling. Releases at Crystal Reservoir were increased by 400 cfs earlier today. An additional increase of 200 cfs is now planned for this evening, Friday June 26. Further increases are likely to occur this weekend. Flows in the Black Canyon should increase to around 3200 cfs by the end of today and have the possibility to reach 4000 cfs if precipitation continues in the Upper Gunnison Basin.

From the Greeley Tribune (Jakob Rodgers):

Both the Poudre and the South Platte rivers are at [free rivers], meaning no limitations on drawing water from the rivers. That designation is a bit unusual for this time of the year. Jim Hall, south division engineer for the South Platte River Basin with the Colorado Division of Water Resources, said the day when that has to happen is drawing closer. “I would expect that to change in the next week or two,” Hall said…As of Tuesday, Greeley had received 2.47 inches of precipitation — about an inch more than normal for the month of June. The city is more than an inch above average year-to-date totals, as well, accumulating 9.46 inches of precipitation.

From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

[Friday] We have just increased releases from Green Mountain Dam to the Lower Blue to about 2900 cfs. We are releasing both through the power plant for hydro-electric power generation and via the spillway. We are anticipating this rate of release to the Lower Blue to last at least through today due to the continued inflow of snow melt run-off.

From the Denver Post (Howard Pankratz):

The storms left Denver just one-tenth of an inch shy of setting a record for June precipitation as of the end of Friday. Despite tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings and flash-flood advisories, no serious damage was reported…

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said Friday that Barker Reservoir below Nederland had reached capacity and was spilling over Barker Dam into Boulder Creek, which at one point was flowing at more than 500 cubic feet per second. Rainfall and snowmelt also increased the water level in the St. Vrain River near Allenspark to 6.7 feet.

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