DWB - "...The heavy rains yesterday have reduced demand, so we need less west slope water."
Hell, at least DWB's customers are adjusting our water usage after the rain.
So this means eventually more water for the Colorado River watershed if its not needed later in the season. Maybe we'll even go into the September with Dillon Reservoir topped off. These are the conditions that many of us were praying for a few years ago during the drought when Gore/Upper C was flowing at 400 cfs, Dillong Res. looked like the Oklahoma dustbowl, and Shoshone had a whopping 800 cfs.
I remember once doing a raft race for a Greenway charity event at Confluence back in about 2002. The Platte had been flowing at about 50 cfs all through the spring (there was NO runoff that year). Farmers all the way to Julesburg were watching their crops wither. I heard Chips Barry saying that DWB had arranged for a special release of about 250 cfs for the day of the event and that after the event was done, it'd be scaled back to the original flow. That day they were putting their money where their mouth was and sending water down to support urban river restoration.
Every time I see those trucks with the DWB logo and "Conserve" or DWB yard signs that say "Use only what you need" I think about how they have recently been in dire financial straits because so many people had done just that. They still have "Conserve" on the logo, still are pushing conservation all over the metro area.
There are going to be times where we'll benefit from what DWB does, and where we don't. Like a few years ago coming out of the drought when they did a recreational release out of Dillon over Labor Day weekend. At least they provide info on releases.