Fryingpan-Arkansas Project update: Releases from Ruedi Reservoir falling

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From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

Inflows to Ruedi Reservoir have started to drop off. As a result, today [June 22] we will start decreasing releases from the dam to the lower Fryingpan River.

The first change will be made this evening around 6 p.m. We will decrease by 50 cfs. The resulting release from the dam will be about 673 cfs.

With the Rocky Fork still contributing upwards of 60 cfs, the gage below Ruedi Dam has been reading around 783 cfs. After the change this evening, it will read closer to 730 cfs.

I have a new graphic of reservoir fill timing on the website. I’m having a little Internet glitch, right now, but should have the updated website available later tonight or first thing in the morning.

Once the updated site is live, you will notice I have included some information towards the bottom of the page regarding upcoming public meetings. Although the schedule is not firm yet, it looks like we will be having our annual Ruedi Operations Public Meeting on Wednesday, July 13. At this meeting, we will give a quick overview of this year’s run-off and look towards the projections for Fryingpan flows in late summer and early fall.

Also, it is most likely we will host another public meeting on Thursday, July 28 as part of our public involvement process under the National Environmental Policy Act for a draft Environmental Assessment on Ruedi’s participation in the Upper Colorado River Endangered Species Recovery Program. I’ll have more details on that meeting as we get closer to firming up the date and the draft EA. But, if all scheduling goes as planned, both meetings will be at the Basalt Town Hall, starting at 7 p.m. So, please mark your calendars.

From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

We are diverting a full Boustead Tunnel from the upper Fryingpan Basin to Turquoise Reservoir on the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project–around 900 cfs.

We continue to balance Fry-Ark, and other project, imports with native inflow at Turquoise Reservoir. As a result, we are releasing approximately 265 cfs–all native snow-melt run-off from local mountains we have to pass downstream–from Sugarloaf Dam to Lake Fork Creek.

There are currently some municipal exchanges going on that have adjusted the releases from Twin Lakes to Lake Creek. On June 22, releases from Twin Lakes Dam dropped to about 192 cfs. Currently, no Fryingpan-Arkansas Project water is being released to Lake Creek. Once the municipal exchanges are completed, Fry-Ark project releases will resume. As a result, we anticipate that releases from Twin Lakes to Lake Creek will be back to over 600 cfs by noon on Friday, June 24.

More Fryingpan-Arkansas Project coverage here.

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