Fryingpan-Arkansas Project update: Reclamation is bypassing Ruedi Reservoir inflows to the Grand Valley

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From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

We have a couple of adjustments coming to our release from Ruedi Dam to the Fryingpan River. Today, 9-13, at 5 p.m., releases will increase to 241 cfs. Tomorrow, around noon, they will increase to 266 cfs. The total increase in releases is 50 cfs.

Today’s change is due to the senior water right call down on the Colorado River near Grand Junction. That call requires us to pass the inflow to Ruedi on downstream. Inflows went up with the recent rains, so to meet this water right, we increased 25 cfs today, 9-13.

Tomorrow’s change is per the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on behalf of the endangered fish and their critical habitat in the Colorado River. The Colorado, like the rest of the state, saw a very hot and dry August.

More Fryingpan-Arkansas Project coverage here.

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