Colorado-Big Thompson Project update

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From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

As runoff continues to come down from the high country, we continue to bypass the inflow through Green Mountain Dam to the Lower Blue River. At noon today, we increased our releases from Green Mountain to the Lower Blue by 200 cfs, putting the river at 800 cfs. Friday morning at 6 a.m. we will increase the releases again by 200 cfs, putting the Lower Blue at 1000 cfs. Saturday morning, we will increase another 200 cfs around 6:00 a.m and Saturday afternoon we will increase one last time by 200 cfs, resulting in a 1400 cfs flow in the Lower Blue by Saturday evening. We anticipate the flows will stay in place up to five days before we begin to scale back down.

These releases are part of the Coordinated Reservoirs Operations program that we, and other reservoir operators, voluntarily participate in during run-off seasons when we have surplus inflow. The surplus inflows are bypassed downstream to the Colorado River, for benefit of the four endangered fish under the Upper Colorado River Endangered Species Recovery Program. The Recovery Program will issue a news release tomorrow further detailing our releases and those of other reservoir operators in the Upper Colorado River Basin.

More Colorado-Big Thompson coverage here and here.

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