Aspinall Unit Operations meeting recap

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From email from Reclamation (Dan Crabtree):

The summary of the April 22, 2010 meeting to coordinate Reclamation’s operation of the Aspinall Unit can be found at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/wcao/water/rsvrs/mtgs/amcurrnt.html. Presentations, handouts, and archived meeting summaries can be found by scrolling to the “Archives: Meeting Minutes/handouts” section located near the bottom of the page at the above link. The meeting was held at Reclamation’s Grand Junction Office. Highlights of the operation meeting include:

April through July inflow to Blue Mesa is forecasted at 530,000 af or approximately 73 percent of the 31 year average. The 31-year average is 720,000 af.

Based on projected forecast, the one day peak flow target for the Black Canyon water right is calculated at 3425 cfs. Final calculations will be made based on May 1 forecasted inflow.

Blue Mesa is not expected to fill this year with live storage reaching approximately 760,000 af.

Following a spring peak, probably in mid-May, Gunnison Gorge flows should be around 700-900 cfs, dropping to 500-700 cfs later in August.

If you have any suggestions on improving the operation meetings or summaries, please let us know. The next operation meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 26, 2010 at the Elk Creek Visitor Center on Blue Mesa. If you have any questions, please call me at 970 248-0652.

More Aspinall Unit coverage here.

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