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Old 08-20-2007   #11
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even if sho has the most senior water rights, it dun' be broke. so they were going to shut the water dwon until they got the plant fixed. but no decisions had been made, last I heard. Do you have any furhter info Kara?

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Old 08-21-2007   #12
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As far as the ark the state has not been puttin any in since the 15th.. Natural flows and rain up here have kept the ark up and if you look at the outflow vs inflow at clear creek there is still an extra 100 cfs commin out of clear creek right now.. So I would think the pattern of flow will continue and we will have higher than normal flows for the rest of the year up here on the Ark.

Also clear creek res. = where all the mud in the river is comming from. The ark is clear above the res and dirty below the res. Lot of mud comming into the ark at clear creek..

Here is what I hear from my water buffalo friends... word around the water campfire is that exel energy and Denver water have been workin on a deal to buy all of that water that is used for the power plant for a while now. Then move it to the front range...

From what I have heard about the powerplant is the sho sho generators are very outdated and a better facitity could be built to supply way more power per cfs.... And denver water also use this water... Not a bad idea.. Good for excel they make a ton of money and get a better working powerplant as for Denver water as they get more and more water...

Also the dealin is between two private parties so many of these meetings are "closed door" or in private - no gov or other parties involved. From what I know they are workin to get her done...

This will = way more water for the front range and no more releases for gore and down stream runs on the colorado... Up sides and down sides... Interesting to me that it is a private deal... It may still be a year or two but don't ever doubt that there are parties that are working to make this happen...

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Old 08-21-2007   #13
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Hi all,
As was mentioned earlier, the Shoshone plant is down, which means its senior water right call, senior on the Colorado River here in Colorado, is off.

Reservoir operators, primarily the Colorado River District and Denver Water, have been working together to keep flows going through Glenwood Canyon on downstream in the absence of Shoshone. The River District put out a press release a couple of weeks ago. If you'd like a copy of it, PM me. It was also covered by several area newspapers: Aspen Times, Aspen Daily News, Glenwood Post Independent and Denver Post.

As for Reclamation, fortunately the releases making up for the Shoshone call correspond with our power generation call. We've been releasing water for power generation out of Green Mountain. Currently, we're releasing about 600 cfs (we've dropped down a little bit over the last few days).

I'm not sure what this late summer/early fall will look like on the Lower Blue, but for the last five years, we've had more demand for Green Mountain water during the late season making the Lower Blue a nice late season run (or so I'm told ).

As for Shoshone, though, that's what I know. You can probably get more information from the River District up in Glenwood Springs at (970) 945-8522.
Kara Lamb
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Old 08-21-2007   #14
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Oldest water right in Colorado is the San Luis People's Ditch on the raging Conejos River.

Thanks for the updates on Colorado ops Kara.

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