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Old 06-09-2010   #1
Loveland, Colorado
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Ruedi reservoir to hit full, bypass inflows

Just in case anyone was planning on being out below Ruedi Dam tomorrow, please keep the following in mind:

I am writing you just before midnight on Wednesday night, June 9. Despite our best efforts to balance inflow and outflow at Ruedi Reservoir, snowmelt inflow to the reservoir has continued very steadily all day and has now been increasing into the night. As a result, Ruedi is almost full. Our numbers indicate that the reservoir will most likely hit its full capacity at mid-morning, sometime between 9 a.m. and noon.

When Ruedi hits full, we will begin bypassing the native inflow. We will be using the power plant, the outlet works at the dam, and the spillway.

We have continued to work closely with downstream entities, in particular Pitkin County Emergency Management and they are aware of this situation.

I will be sending a follow-up e-mail first thing in the morning. In that notice, I will provide the release amount in cfs. At this point, we are still assessing the situation at the reservoir as inflows continue to increase.

I will be in the office early Thursday morning.


Kara Lamb
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Bureau of Reclamation
Eastern Colorado Area Office
(970) 962-4326

Kara Lamb
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Eastern Colorado Office
Bureau of Reclamation
(970) 962-4326
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Old 06-10-2010   #2
Lakewood, Colorado
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Maybe some of those trees will get flushed!

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Thanks for the update Kara...sounds like the lower "Pan" will be rockin'.
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