Possible debris in Fryinpan River
As most of you already know, we bumped Ruedi releases up yesterday. Tomorrow morning, June 27, we will bump releases up again, twice, in 60 cfs increments, for a total increase of 120 cfs.
That means, by the afternoon tomorrow, releases from Ruedi Dam will be about 380 cfs. With contributing flows from the Rocky Fork, flows in the Fryingpan will be closer to 400 cfs.
Also, it is possible we could hit our full pool elevation this evening. We are close to filling the reservoir--good news for boaters! If that is the case, we will have the opportunity to run some water over the spillway--something we have not been able to do for several years.
Recreators: if some water does go over the spillway, there is the chance it could dislodge some of the brambles and other debris that have collected there over the past few years. There could be some debris floating down the river, as a result. We have had crews cut the branches down to lengths of 18 inches, but it would be wise to keep an eye upstream while you are fishing, just to be safe.
So, to sum up: flows in the Fryingpan will go up to around 400 cfs tomorrow morning. It is possible we might be able to send a little bit of water over the spillway as early as tonight, and also tomorrow. This could move some debris off the spillway and into the river.
I'll be in the office until 5 or 5:30 this afternoon and available on cell phone tomorrow. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. You can reach me at (970) 215-9545 tomorrow.
Eastern Colorado Office
Bureau of Reclamation