I hope those of you who were going up to Big T yesterday still found it runnable. We started scaling back Tuesday night and I believe as of yesterday, flows were back down to 240 cfs.
I've been asked several times to predict what is going to happen next on Big T. Apparently, this is a hard prediction to nail down. The recent rain is playing havoc with the maintenance work. It is also changing municipal demands on the river almost hourly. So, our partners and water contractors are discussing how to handle the water delivery situation. When they come up with a solution, they will meet with us and we will make the final decision on how to adjust releases from Olympus Dam to the river.
But, that decision might not come about until late this afternoon. So, if you're planning on hitting Big T in the next 24 hours, keep a close eye on the gage. There is a possibility it could drop considerably in the next 24 hours. Or, it might not. I wish I had better data for you guys. Hopefully, tomorrow morning, I'll be able to shed more light on the cfs issue.
As for Bailey and Gore--cstork was right. I am not involved with releases on the S. Platte and don't know much about Bailey. Denver Water is your best bet. Give me a call and I'll see if I can't dig up a contact name for you over there. I have a guy in mind...
For Gore, as you all are probably aware, quite a few reservoirs contribute to the Colorado River flow through Gore. Green Mountain is just one of a handful. I try and keep current Green Mountain posts on this site. I'll run through my brief knowledge here really quickly, but this gets long, so consider yourself forewarned:
Upstream of Gore sources: We also own Granby and Willow Creek up by Grand Lake--but the drought has kept them pretty low the last few years, so there hasn't been much to report there. Even though we own them, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District operates them for us. When and if the drought lets up here, I can look into their release schedules for posting to this site.
Northern owns Windy Gap up by Granby and they are the sole operator.
Closer to Gore are Williams Fork and Wolford. These reservoirs were the results of west slope and east slope water wrangling and compromising. I believe Williams Fork was part of the compensation for Windy Gap and maybe also for some of Denver's development. So, I think three entities: Northern, Denver and the Colorado River Water Conservation District, contribute to the operations and releases of that reservoir.
Wolford is the result of compromising between Denver Water and the River District. I think--but I'm not sure and anyone can correct me if I'm wrong on this stuff--but I think the River District owns the majority of the water there. I think the two agencies work in tandem for those releases, though. Of all these upstream reservoirs, Wolford is closest to Gore, just north of Kremmling.
Gore flows are also partially dependent on if, and how much, Kremmling ranchers are checking and pumping their section of the river. There is also an old irrigation ditch there that runs, the "Big K", I think. So, a lot of water management happens in the stretch just before Gore Canyon.
The Muddy flows into the Colorado before the Blue, but I don't think it adds much. But, to keep tabs on all of this, the best contact would probably be someone from the State Engineer's Office. I'm not sure who the proper contact would be. But for Northern and the Colorado River District, I have names and numbers.
Just let me know who you want to call.
Hope that beta is helpful and not too boring. Sorry to ramble on and on!