Big T is staying up. This is what I'm sending out today. FYI 1 a.m. November 2 is actually late tonight
At 1 a.m., November 2, we will bump up releases from Olympus Dam on Lake Estes to the Big Thompson River to around 430 cfs. We will maintain that release rate at least through the weekend, if not a little longer. This is an increase of about 130 cfs.
Using the Big Thompson River to help us move project water is one of the flexibilities built into the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. Although we do not utilize this option very often for a variety of reasons, with the current regular maintenance at our power plants, an increased flow in the river makes it possible for us to bring water to Horsetooth Reservoir now, instead of waiting until early December.
Today, Horsetooth is at an elevation of 5372 and slowly starting to rise. We are moving about 250 cfs from the Big Thompson River to the Charles Hansen Feeder Canal and into Horsetooth Reservoir. Currently, no water is going out of Horsetooth.
I will be out of the office tomorrow, Friday November 2, but back on Monday, November 5. If you have immediate concerns or questions, you can try my cell phone at (970) 215-9545, but I will be in and out of range.
Have a good weekend.