Drought news: Reclamation expects Carter Lake to start dropping at least a foot a day to meet late summer demand

From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

Drought demands are continuing. This week we saw demands come up along the Big Thompson River.

To help meet those demands, we dropped Pinewood and Flatiron reservoirs. We did this in order to postpone turning off the pump to Carter Lake as long as we could. We have reached that point. Today [August 24] at 3 p.m., we turned the pump to Carter off. C-BT water coming over from Granby and the West Slope is being delivered to project demands served off the Big T River below the mouth of the canyon. Without the pump to help slow the draw on Carter from the south, the water elevation will begin to drop more sharply than it has so far–most likely between a foot and a foot and a half a day.

The good news is: boat ramps remain in the water and will be functional for Labor Day weekend.

Click here for a screen shot of the river calls this morning on the South Platte River courtesy of Colorado’s Decision Support Systems.

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