Originally Posted by dustin.heron
Good clarification. AHRA, what are the specifics of this year's voluntary program? Is there a certain level we can expect for a certain period of time? Thanks
Dustin/Buzzards, I was just talking with AHRA about another topic and asked for the latest news. Unfortunately its really up in the air (literally) right now.
It is true that the BOR moved a little too much water this past winter. AHRA is working to get commitments for at least 10,000 acre feet of flow program water and possibly more, from all the players (Pueblo, Pueblo West, BOR, Aurora, C. Springs). If Wildlife is willing to except a lower minimum flow next winter then the BOR can move more water this summer.
Here is the problem. If the native flow is too low, then 10,000 acre feet (or 15,000 or whatever they get) will go very quickly trying to augment flows up to the normal 700. That would mean they would have to lower the target to something else (600? 500? lower?). If we have a wet, cold month (looks great right now) and the run off is later, then maybe native flows will be high enough that the augmentation will get us up to the 700 we are used to.
Remember that in 2002 native flows got so low they used the augmentation water just to keep the fish cool at 250cfs in July and August.
Apparently there will be a meeting the week of the 21st and AHRA will know more then and share it with us. Pray for cold, rain and snow, but I know you already were.
BTW, I cut a hole in my roof for a dormer last week so you can thank me for these last two storms.