Colorado-Big Thompson Project update: Reclamation and Northern Water are curtailing releases from Granby Reservoir to top it off

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From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

It is starting to look like we may have seen the peak of snow melt run-off inflow into the Three Lakes Area. As a result today, June 28, we and Northern Water have agreed to begin curtailing releases from Granby Dam to the Colorado River.

Earlier today, releases from the dam were as high as 2200 cfs. Starting this afternoon, we will cut releases back by 200 cfs a day until the release from the dam reaches about 1000 cfs. The reduced releases will speed the filling of Lake Granby.

Click here to view the cool video — shot by Tonya Bina who writes for the Sky-Hi Daily News — of the spill at Granby Reservoir from last week.

From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

Forecasts are showing that snow melt run-off inflows into Lake Estes from the Big Thompson River are likely to drop off tonight. As a result, we’ll be cutting back our releases from Olympus Dam to the Big Thompson Canyon by about 40 cfs later tonight.

Around midnight tonight, June 28, releases from the dam to the canyon will drop to about 650 cfs.

More Colorado-Big Thompson Project coverage here.

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