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Hooligan Race 2009

From The Mountain Mail:

FIBArk organizers are encouraging volunteers, athletes and parade entrants to register for the 69th annual whitewater festival at FIBArk.com.

FIBArk will take place June 15-18 in downtown Salida.

According to a press release, several hundred volunteers are needed to assist in many capacities, helping with everything from beer tent duties to merchandise sales and athlete registration. Volunteers with river-related experience are especially needed.

Shifts are usually a couple of hours and provide a way for businesses, clubs, organizations or individuals to see friends and neighbors and greet out-of-town guests, FIBArk organizers said in the release.

All volunteers will receive a FIBArk volunteer T-shirt.

Athletes and parade entries also may register at FIBArk.com. Each year almost 800 athletes participate in FIBArk events, and organizers said registering in advance online will cut down on congestion and wait times at the boathouse.

Each year since 1949 the festival has included a parade. Sponsored by Moltz Construction, this year’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. June 17 with its traditional route along F Street. All Hooligan Race participants receive free entry into the parade.

#Runoff news: Cool temperatures are expected to moderate snowmelt from the recent storm

From The Boulder Daily Camera (Charlie Brennan):

The report was the same from Kevin Houck, chief of watershed and flood protection for the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

“I think the cooler weather is going to minimize” runoff issues. “This cool air just shuts down the runoff, and while it can speed back up if we had a really big warm-up come this way, I’m not seeing any forecasts calling for that. I think it’s going to be a pretty controlled runoff. Elevated for a few days, but nothing close to flood levels.”

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Snow totals across western Boulder County from the spring storm were impressive. According to the National Weather Service, 42 inches fell southeast of Allenspark, through Friday morning. A total of 41.7 inches came down northeast of Ward, also as of Friday morning. And by 7 a.m. Friday, 30 inches had accumulated northeast of Nederland.

The totals down low were less significant, with Boulder meteorologist Matt Kelsch reporting 6.1 inches of snow in the city through 7 a.m. Friday, and a total of 3.4 inches of liquid precipitation, in both rain and snow, since the storm’s onset.

“I have not seen all of the updated snowpack figures yet,” Kelsch said in an email. “We were running a little below average for this time of year as of May 1st (Coal Creek, Boulder Creek and St. Vrain Creek were 85-90 percent of average). My guess is that we are at least a little above average now.

“That does increase the risk of high flows and maybe some out-of-bank flows over the next few weeks. The extent depends on temperature and precipitation over the next few weeks. A very rapid warm-up could cause a fast melting and more risk of flooding.”

Dave Gochis, a hydrometeorologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, also issued a note of caution.

“There certainly is a heightened risk from the recent precipitation,” Gochis said in an email. “The actual occurrence of flooding will depend on how much more precipitation we get, as well as how quickly we warm up after this event moves out.

“Forecasts from the National Water Model are showing appreciable rises in streamflow across the Front Range moving into next week mostly due to melt runoff. Streams will come up, but I think more serious flooding will depend strongly on whether or not we get some heavy rain showers on top of this current condition of wet soils and wet and melting snow.”

Fryingpan-Arkansas Project via the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District

From the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District via The Pueblo Chieftain:

A hefty snowpack and relatively full municipal storage means farms will get a larger than usual share of Fryingpan-Arkansas Project water this year.

About 80 percent, or 44,000 of the 55,000 acre-feet allocated by the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board Thursday, will go to irrigation companies throughout the Arkansas River basin. In addition, agricultural interests were allocated 20,000 acre-feet in return flows. A total of 28 ditches and three well groups will benefit.

That water comes on top of about 12,000 acre-feet leased earlier this year by Pueblo Water to farms, ditches or well associations…

“The extra water which the municipalities have no place to store is always welcome in Crowley County and the Arkansas Valley,” said Carl McClure, a Crowley County farmer who heads the allocation committee of the district.

The Southeastern allocation is about 25 percent above average, thanks to a snowpack that remains heavy and is still growing. The Fry-Ark water is imported from the Upper Colorado River basin through the 5.4-mile long Boustead Tunnel into Turquoise Lake.

More than half of the water is reserved for cities, but if they have no place to store it, it is allocated to agriculture. Fry-Ark water sells for $7 per acre-foot, plus surcharges that pay for programs that benefit water users. By comparison, Pueblo Water leases averaged $55 per acre-foot this year.

The district expects to bring more than 68,000 acre-feet into the Arkansas River basin this year, but prior commitments such as the Pueblo fish hatchery, evaporation and transit loss adjustments are made before the amount of water sold can be determined.

The Southeastern district guarantees 80 percent of the water, holding back some in case the runoff fails to meet projections. The Boustead Tunnel can only take a certain amount of water at one time and only when sufficient flows, as determined by court decrees, are available on the Western Slope. The remaining 20 percent is delivered when the district determines flows will be sufficient.

That should not be a problem this year, as the Bureau of Reclamation projected imports to be about 77,000 acre-feet, well above the amount Southeastern factored in.

For municipal allocations, the Fountain Valley Authority was able to take about 7,000 acre-feet, or half of its entitlement. Pueblo Water and Pueblo West are not seeking any water. Cities east of Pueblo claimed 3,132 acre-feet, while cities west of Pueblo were allocated 1,164. Most chose not to request their full allocation.

Allocating Fry-Ark water is the primary function of the Southeastern District, which was formed in 1958 to provide supplemental water to the Arkansas River basin.

@nytimes: “The continued existence of the world’s great coastal cities…is tied to Antarctica’s fate” #ActOnClimate

Geomorphology of the Antarctic ice shelfs. Slide via Brad Udall, South Platte Forum, October 27, 2016.

Here’s Part 1 of the “Antarctic Dispatches” series from The New York Times. Click through and read the whole article. Here’s an excerpt:

Because the collapse of vulnerable parts of the ice sheet could raise the sea level dramatically, the continued existence of the world’s great coastal cities — Miami, New York, Shanghai and many more — is tied to Antarctica’s fate.

Four New York Times journalists joined a Columbia University team in Antarctica late last year to fly across the world’s largest chunk of floating ice in an American military cargo plane loaded with the latest scientific gear.

Inside the cargo hold, an engineer with a shock of white hair directed younger scientists as they threw switches. Gravity meters jumped to life. Radar pulses and laser beams fired toward the ice below.

On computer screens inside the plane, in ghostly traces of data, the broad white surface of the Ross Ice Shelf began to yield the secrets hiding beneath.

“We are 9,000 miles from New York,” said the white-haired engineer, Nicholas Frearson of Columbia. “But we are connected by the ocean.”