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Old 07-19-2007   #1
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Lower Blue River

Hi all,
Recent rain in the area has bumped up inflow to Green Mountain Reservoir. As a result, we've upped our releases by about 50 cfs. There should be about 400 cfs in the Lower Blue by this evening.

Please let me know if you have any questions, etc.


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Old 07-20-2007   #2
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Any chance for a Big sThompson release? That is a total gem and usually comes up around Aug for a week or so??? Plllllllllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaa aaassse!

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Old 07-20-2007   #3
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From this thread:
To whom it may concern: Big Thompson

" Big T flows
I do understand your request for the Big Thompson to have higher flows this year. Unfortunately, it just did not play out that way.

This year, inflows to Lake Estes from the Big Thompson River have been dropping for the past couple of weeks. We have been sending those inflows on through Olympus Dam and down the canyon. We just didn't see a big peak in run off flows this year like we did a couple years ago. We also do not have any scheduled work on the Colorado-Big Thompson project. When we do have scheduled maintenance, we use the Big T river to run C-BT project water imported from the Colorado River on down to Horsetooth Reservoir. But, again, not this year.

The State of Colorado via the Colorado Water Conservation Board does have a minimum instream flow below Olympus Dam on the Big T. For this time of year, it is at 125 cfs. Our gage is showing about 127 cfs in the river, up there.

In the middle of August, the minimum instream flow changes and drops down to 100 cfs. So, not the news you were hoping for, I know. Hopefully, next year, there will be more east slope run off. And, if we do have some scheduled maintenance on the project next summer, I'll be sure to post that info here so you know.

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Old 07-20-2007   #4
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Lower Blue flows up a little more

Just a follow up on Green Mountain releases to the Lower Blue. We are bumping up another 50 cfs.

That will put 450 cfs in the Lower Blue this evening.

We are still balancing inflow and outflow due to recent rain in the area. I do not know what to expect over the weekend; so, be sure to check the gage before you head up.

As for the Big Thompson, yup, the above is definitely what I said!

Have a great weekend!
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Old 07-20-2007   #5
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Lower Blue Saturday?

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