Colorado-Big Thompson Project update: 450 cfs in the Big Thompson below Lake Estes

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From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

With the warm weather today, we are expecting to see some snow melt run-off tonight coming into Lake Estes. Right now, we are planning on bumping up releases from Olympus Dam to the lower Big T to about 450 cfs. We are expecting to make that change around midnight. Typically, snow melt run-off reaches Estes Park and Lake Estes late at night.It is possible releases might be higher than 450 cfs, or even lower. It all depends on how the snow pack responded to today’s temperatures. But, at this time, we are projecting the release will be 450 cfs.

From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

Several of you have noticed and given me a call: the release from Green Mountain Dam/Power Plant dropped [June 1] by about 300 cfs. This is because one of our hydro-electric generating units tripped off-line. We are currently releasing about 900 cfs to the Lower Blue. At this time, we estimate that the 900 cfs release rate will continue through the weekend and into the top of next week. Once the unit is back on-line, releases will likely resume the 1200 cfs release rate, depending on where we are in run-off, if the snow is melting by then.

More Colorado-Big Thompson Project coverage here.

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