Ruedi Reservoir: Operations update

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From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

I wanted to kick off Spring with two announcements about our information outreach for Ruedi Reservoir this year:

1. In order to keep folks better informed about our operations through the spring, summer and fall, this year we will host two public meetings. The first will be at the usual time in May, before spring run-off and any possible Coordinated Reservoir releases under the Endangered Fish Recovery Program. The second will be in late July to provide a “heads up” of operations through August and into early fall. Our goal with the July meeting is to help eliminate surprises for the Basalt community regarding Lower Fryingpan River flows and demands for water from the Endangered Fish Recovery Program and other water users.

With that in mind, our first meeting this year will be on Wednesday, May 12, from 7-9 p.m. in the Basalt Town Hall.

Our second meeting will be on Thursday, July 22, also from 7-9 p.m. and in the Basalt Town Hall.

2. I am also pleased to announce the debut of the Ruedi Reservoir Webpage. Please visit it at www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/ruedi.html. On this page you will have “one stop shopping” for information or hyperlinks related to the Reservoir, including flows for the Lower Fryingpan River, the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project history, Ruedi Dam, the Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, and reservoir elevations (once the gauge is properly adjusted. It is currently off-line).

As for flows in the Fryingpan [Friday March 26], releases from the reservoir combined with Rocky Fork Creek are resulting in a flow of approximately 69 cfs. We anticipate that will continue through the end of March and into early April.

Please visit the Webpage and let me know what you think. And hopefully, I will see you in May.

More Fryingpan-Arkansas project coverage here.

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