Bailey Fest Announcement from Denver Water
Attached below is the formal announcement of 2011 Bailey Fest flows from Denver Water. Bailey Fest will be Aug 13/14. More info to come as we get closer. Put it on the calendar, its gonna be a good time.
From Denver Water:
The whitewater recreation community is organizing a weekend kayaking event on the North Fork of the South Platte River Aug. 13–14.
Denver Water uses the Roberts Tunnel to deliver water from Dillon Reservoir on the West Slope to the North Fork of the South Platte River on the East Slope. While the utility must operate the tunnel solely for water supply purposes, Denver Water can use the flexibility in its system, in accordance with the South Platte Protection Plan, to manage the timing of flows for water supply purposes to enhance whitewater recreation, when conditions allow. If weather and water rights limitations cooperate on Aug. 13–14, Denver Water could have relatively high flows coming through the Roberts Tunnel, which would allow for great kayaking during that weekend.
The South Platte Protection Plan was developed in 2004 by a variety of organizations, including Trout Unlimited, the Sierra Club, American Whitewater, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Denver Water and the U.S. Forest Service. As a result of the plan, these groups have been able to work together to provide many high-quality kayaking days on the North Fork over the past several years.
Denver Water must consider many variables when managing tunnel operations. The utility cannot take water from the Western Slope unless the water is needed to meet demands in the city. Rain or lack of sufficient storage space on the Eastern Slope also mean Denver Water will take less water through the Roberts Tunnel.
Historically, Denver Water has had relatively high flows through the Roberts Tunnel in mid-August. Weather or water rights issues beyond Denver Water’s control, however, may cause these flows to be less this year. More information on conditions for the event will be available the week of the event.