Fryingpan River going down, too
There are only a few days left of higher flows on the lower Fryingpan River near Basalt, CO. Here's the message I sent to my e-mail list this morning:
The snow pack did not perform as we had anticipated and, as you've probably already noticed, we started scaling back our releases from Ruedi to the Fryingpan last Wednesday.
As of this morning, we were releasing about 650 cfs to the 'Pan. The Rocky Fork is still peaking at about 50 cfs. So, for all of the release rates I give for the dam, go ahead and add about 50 more for the Rocky's contribution to the Fryingpan River.
We are still scaling back Ruedi's releases and will do so all through the Holiday weekend. Twice a day, we will trim releases back by 50 cfs, once in the morning and again in the afternoon.
So, on that schedule, we anticipate to be releasing about 600 cfs by this evening, 500 by evening Saturday, 400 by evening Sunday, 300 by evening Memorial Day, and 250 cfs come Tuesday morning.
We will re-evaluate on Tuesday to see if we need to go even lower.
The heat has not been very cooperative. It's hung around instead of going away. And, it's melting and evaporating our snowpack.
I'm leaving early today for the Holiday. :P If you have pressing questions or concerns, you can get me via cell phone at (970) 215-9545.
Have a great Holiday weekend!
Eastern Colorado Office
Bureau of Reclamation