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Old 04-12-2013   #21
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Originally Posted by BrianK View Post
I am not an expert on graphs, but the dark blue line looks higher than the light blue line to me.
Clearly your graph reading skills are better than mine. Der...

I stand by what I said--I hope you're right, but driving east of here and seeing how little snow is left to come down doesn't give me much confidence.

Let's hope for a few big April, May, and early June high country dumps.

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Old 04-12-2013   #22
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I realized last Sunday while skiing at Sunlight Mountain (closing day) how much snow has melted already and the Roaring Fork and Colorado guages have barely budged. Hopefully the April showers will soak in and some of the snowmelt will make it to the rivers.

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Old 04-13-2013   #23
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54 cfs this AM. Makes me wonder if they intend to mothball the river for the summer. Maybe turn it into a miles-long all-terrain skatepark? Landfill or sewage lagoon?

Not until this stuff happens in your own backyard can you truly appreciate the plight of those downstream.
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Old 04-17-2013   #24
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With minor edits, below is an exchange I had with Kara at the BOR about this. Here's what she said:

Originally Posted by klamb
Hi Andy,

No, and yes.

The State made sure all up stream reservoirs were honoring the senior water right call, referred to as the Cameo call, over the weekend. The senior call came on, everyone junior upstream was passing inflow, and the three main irrigators in Grand Junction were taking their water.

Reclamation has to honor the state water rights system so, for our part, we released water and opened gates accordingly.

The good news is the senior call came off again today.


Originally Posted by Andy H.

Does the BOR have anything to do with what's going on in Grand Junction discussed in [HERE]?

Thanks again,

Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse
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Old 04-18-2013   #25
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Perfect System

So humans dried up the river, but it's not anyone's fault. Awesome.

Sucks to be a fish.
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Old 04-18-2013   #26
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It is particularly ridiculous that during a hard freeze and snow storm the ditches still have to run full tilt, diverting around 2 thousand CFS around the Grand Vally. This morning I saw a sprinkler system at a business irrigating snow.
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Old 04-19-2013   #27
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flushing ditches...... hmmm.... is the m wave flushing right now?
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Old 04-20-2013   #28
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Originally Posted by chrispy View Post
flushing ditches...... hmmm.... is the m wave flushing right now?
nope. 590 last weekend was the highest so far.

371 right now and likely to hold
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Old 04-20-2013   #29
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forget boating! lets ride our dirtbikes and atv's up the dried river ditch.... !
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Old 05-02-2013   #30
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Victory!!!! That was a tense two weeks, but I am vindicated.


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