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Old 05-15-2007   #1
Loveland, Colorado
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Lower Blue Flows PEAKING--good for Gore?

Hi everybody!
If you were hoping for some big flows on the Lower Blue, it looks like you are going to get your wish.

Today (May 15), around 3 p.m. or so, we will bump up releases from Green Mountain to about 600 cfs.

Tomorrow, we will bump up again to about 725 cfs.

The 725 will most likely remain through this weekend. We will re-evaluate the conditions Sunday and Monday. If runoff in the Lower Blue peaks as it is projected to, it is quite likely we could hit 1000 cfs next week (week of May 20).

If flows remain low through the critical habitat for endangered fish on the Colorado upstream of Grand Junction, as part of our Coordinated Reservoir Operations participation, we might even bump up higher than 1000 cfs for a few days the last week of May.

I think this means, and I hope I'm not getting too far ahead of myself here, that it should be a pretty decent Memorial Day weekend on the Lower Blue and maybe even for Gore. Let's hope I haven't jinxed it by saying that!

We'll see what the weather brings. These are our current projections, but they are definitely subject to change! I'll keep you all posted.

Must be runoff!

Kara Lamb
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Old 05-15-2007   #2
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You're the best Kara.

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Old 05-15-2007   #3
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Thanks for the note, excellent water indeed.

In my experience, toilet bowl gets 'sticky' around 900 and 1100, so at 1200+ it gets a little nicer again... as ~nice~ as at it ever can get. Ugh.

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