Ruedi, Green Mountain and Colorado-Big Thompson update

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From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

[Saturday] As the snowmelt continues to runoff, we are matching our releases from the dam to the Fryingpan with the rising inflows. Now that Ruedi Reservoir is full, we are just bypassing the snowmelt as it comes down. Our increases will be in 50 cfs intervals. Today at one p.m. we increased from 531 cfs to 581 cfs. Today at 5 pm. we will increase again from 581 cfs to 631 cfs. Tomorrow, Sunday, we will increase releases another time from 631 to about 681 cfs. The 681 cfs in the Fryingpan will continue until further notice.

From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

[Saturday] As the temperatures warm up, we are seeing more snowmelt runoff come down the Blue River system. With Green Mountain Reservoir about full, we continue to match our releases to the Lower Blue to what we see coming into the reservoir. In other words, we are bypassing the inflow to Green Mountain on downstream. The snowmelt runoff did increase over night and during the night we bumped up over 3000 cfs. We are releasing both through the hydro-electric power generation plant and the spillway. Releases to the dam today and tomorrow could be as high as 3300 cfs. If you plan on recreating in the area, please be sure to check the gage before you head up. Also be aware that changes in flow, up or down, could occur while you are in the river.

From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

[Saturday] With the warming weather, we are seeing snowmelt come down the river system, some of which we are bypassing through the C-BT system. But this year, there is just enough for us to capture a little of it. This weekend, the little we are capturing, we are sending to Horsetooth. Horsetooth should hit an elevation of 5420 this weekend. Pinewood is also up, compared to where it has been the past couple months. The rise in water level will last through this weekend, but will begin dropping again on Monday as we start moving some water up to Carter Lake. And snowmelt runoff into Lake Estes has enabled us to bump up releases from Olympus Dam to the lower Big Thompson River. Last night, we bumped up releases to about 450 cfs. Tonight, we anticipate we will scale that back slightly to around 400 cfs.

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