Chaffee County officials are trying to get increased flows for the FIBArk festival this weekend


From The Mountain Mail (Joe Stone):

Kara Lamb, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation regional public information officer, said the bureau had not to planned to supplement river flows during FIBArk. The Bureau of Reclamation manages the Frying Pan-Arkansas Project, which diverts West Slope water into the Arkansas Basin and stores it in reservoirs like Turquoise Lake and Twin Lakes Reservoir. The bureau also administers the Voluntary Flow Management Program, and Lamb said the program does not take effect until July 1. She said other entities with water in storage are not likely to release any because of the drought and lack of runoff from winter snowpack…

Chaffee County Commissioner Dennis Giese told The Mountain Mail that local officials have been in contact with municipal water providers in Colorado Springs, Aurora and Pueblo West, all of which have water stored upstream.
Giese said officials received no firm commitments but that the municipal water providers “have always been cooperative.”

More Arkansas River basin coverage here.

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