Big T update
Just sent this:
You've probably noticed two things by now: the work on the downstream face of Olympus Dam has completed and flows in the Big Thompson River below Olympus Dam have been up, lately.
Our two-person work crew finished "removing" the road across Olympus Dam today. The downstream face of the dam has been restored to its original look, with the exception of the addition of a few monitoring instruments that were installed over the past several years.
As visible as that work was, however, the majority of the calls I've received lately have been in regards to the Big Thompson River. As the snow starts to melt, we are seeing the Big T come up. We are passing the Big Thompson water entering Lake Estes on through the reservoir and out Olympus Dam to the Big Thompson Canyon. As a result, the past week has seen slight increases from Olympus Dam to the Big T--usually around 10 or so cfs.
Currently, we are releasing 150 cfs from Oly to the Big T. We will probably continue to see that cfs rate fluctuate slightly between 130-150 cfs until run-off really gets going. As always, I will keep you posted!
Please feel free to e-mail or call if you have other related questions.
Eastern Colorado Office
Bureau of Reclamation