Runoff news: The warmup at the beginning of June was responsible for the highest streamflows since 1995 in some areas

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From the Summit County Citizens Voice:

Colorado River flows at the Utah state line peaked June 9 at about 30,000 cubic feet per second and dropped off quickly after that. After the sudden snowmelt, some Colorado river basins could see flows dropping to near record-low levels later this summer, according to Blue River Basin water commissioner Scott Hummer. The unusual runoff pattern was reflected by inflows into Lake Powell. The June 1 forecast called for 65 percent of average inflow, however the June inflow ended up at 90 percent of average, at 2.78 million acre-feet. As a result, the final April to July inflow forecast, released July 1, was increased to 72 percent of average, about 5.7 million acre feet.

The runoff also brought storage levels in most reservoirs across the region to above-average levels at the beginning of July, with Lake Granby at 124 percent of average and Pueblo Reservoir at 148 percent of average.

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