Fryingpan-Arkansas Project update

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Update: From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

I am writing you just before midnight on Wednesday night, June 9. Despite our best efforts to balance inflow and outflow at Ruedi Reservoir, snowmelt inflow to the reservoir has continued very steadily all day and has now been increasing into the night. As a result, Ruedi is almost full. Our numbers indicate that the reservoir will most likely hit its full capacity at mid-morning, sometime between 9 a.m. and noon. When Ruedi hits full, we will begin bypassing the native inflow. We will be using the power plant, the outlet works at the dam, and the spillway. We have continued to work closely with downstream entities, in particular Pitkin County Emergency Management and they are aware of this situation.

I will be sending a follow-up e-mail first thing in the morning. In that notice, I will provide the release amount in cfs. At this point, we are still assessing the situation at the reservoir as inflows continue to increase.

From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

Although inflow to Ruedi has dropped over the course of the night, it is still running above 1000 cfs. As part of our continuing balance of the inflow and outflow at the reservoir, we will be increasing our releases from the dam to the lower Fryingpan this afternoon. Releases will be made in three steps an hour apart, each increasing by 50 cfs.

The gage below the dam includes Rocky Fork Creek–which is running right around 50 cfs, currently. With Rocky Fork, the increases will read as follows at the Ruedi Dam gage:

1:00: 50 cfs increase from 607 to 657.
2:00: 50 cfs increase from 657 to 707.
3:00: 50 cfs increase from 707 to 757.

More Fryingpan-Arkansas Project coverage here.

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