Lower Blue high up again
Just sent this out:
Releases at Green Mountain have been steadily increasing over night. This morning, they were back to 2650 cfs and there is a possibility they could get a little higher today. We are releasing water both through the power plant to generate electricity and over the spillway. The Lower Blue is at a cfs of 2650 and that is a fairly full channel. The reservoir is also full.
The reason for the increase in releases is due to the continuing snowmelt run-off. Warm temperatures and rain during the day melt snow off the high elevations. Travel time for the melted snow is several hours. Often, those flows do not reach main river systems and reservoirs until evening hours, or even late night/early morning. Consequently, we often see run-off flow peaks late at night, as has been the case on and off at Green Mountain Reservoir for the past week.
If you are planning to visit the Lower Blue this week, keep an eye on the gage. I suspect we could be up and down with the releases as the high elevation snow melt and afternoon rain storms continue. If you have related questions or concerns, you can reach me on e-mail today until about 4 p.m. MST.
Eastern Colorado Office
Bureau of Reclamation