I DID miss a change the other day on the Big T. On July 4th, we actually bumped up flows in the afternoon due to the rain that was occurring in the area. So, my apologies. I don't always get notes out to folks on weekends and Holidays.
Also, and just as a reminder because I know you all know this, it is worth noting that rain in the area may very well increase flows in the Big T all on its own, regardless of what we do at the dam.
In fact, the rain is the big variable in our operations right now. Normally, now that run-off has wrapped itself up, we would be releasing something between 100-200 cfs from Olympus Dam to the lower Big Thompson. But, with the rain we've been having this week (and still today), it remains a possibility that we might make an adjustment during the day to bypass incoming rain run-off. So, please keep an eye out.
Right now, we're releasing 326 cfs. This is scaled down slightly from the bump up to over 400 cfs on the 4th. Currently, I'm anticipating the 323 cfs will last into tomorrow, Thursday the 8th. After that, it is possible we might scale releases back down, but it will depend on the weather.
I will be on business travel up in the high country and away from Wifi over the next couple of days. Please be sure to check the gages before you head up as I might not be able to get a note out if there are other changes.
Eastern Colorado Office
Bureau of Reclamation