Runoff news: May 1 streamflow forecast for the Cache la Poudre River is 89% of avg #COdrought


Click on the thumbnail graphic for the hydrograph for Gore Creek above Red Sandstone Creek from earlier today. You’ll be able to see how streamflow has increased with the onset of warmer weather.

From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Robert Allen):

At the mouth of the Poudre Canyon, flows are at 577 cubic feet per second. They remain below the 130-year average of about 675 cfs, but the increase the past three days has narrowed the gap. Brian Werner with the Northern Water Conservancy District said the Poudre River is forecast to flow about 89 percent of normal this year. That’s up from the forecast April 1, which said it would be 65 percent of normal.

Whitewater boaters were already riding the river down Poudre Canyon on Tuesday, and fishers were reeling in trout. The vegetation is more lush, and the river looks bigger.

From email from the USGS this morning:

Streamflow of 444 cfs exceeds subscriber threshold of 250 at 2013-05-15 04:15:00 MDT 06752260 00060 CACHE LA POUDRE RIVER AT FORT COLLINS, CO

From email from the USGS this morning:

Streamflow of 302 cfs exceeds subscriber threshold of 200 at 2013-05-15 02:45:00 MDT 06719505 00060 CLEAR CREEK AT GOLDEN, CO

Meanwhile the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District has bookmarked the gages that they watch this time of year:

The District monitors streamflow levels using data from United States Geological Survey (USGS) gauges in specific locations below, which are pertinent to District operations. Streamflow data is used for a variety of reasons including operational strategies, water quality purposes, historical comparison, and water rights administration, among others.

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