Lower BLue update for July 18
The rain and changes at the Shoshone Plant are having us curtail releases. Here's the note I just sent:
Recent rains and resulting inflow to the Colorado River caused us to back off releases from Green Mountain Dam to the Lower Blue River today. By noon, our releases were around 265 cfs.
By 5 p.m., we will have curtailed releases an additional 65 cfs, or so, in response to a drop in demand for water at the Shoshone Power Plant.
As a result, flows in the Lower Blue River by day's end, July 18, should be around 200 cfs.
There is a chance more changes will occur by the weekend. I will send an update tomorrow when I have more information.
Eastern Colorado Office
Bureau of Reclamation