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Old 07-31-2008   #1
 
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Big South Flow Update

Talked to the folks who run long draw today and this is the current plan...

Dropped flows to 190 today and will keep it that way through sunday. Sunday Laramie tunnel goes off and they will likely bump long draw releases back up some (uncertain if the bump up will be sun or mon) into the low 200's.

Based on res levels they expect to be releasing somewhere around current levels (190 to lower 200's) through at least Aug 20.

Lots more Big South to come. Enjoy!

P.S. It is that fantastic!!!

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Thanks for the report. I ran it last week at 240 cfs and there were some logs just at the water level. Can anyone confirm that those are going to be strainers at 190 cfs?

How is Spencer Heights with Joe off (it is too low right?) and Big South at 190 cfs? Has anyone seen the sportsmans gauge today?
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Is this still gonna happen?

And, at the current flows (183 out of res) is it still enough water to have fun?
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Still fun but the in between class II and the Rush is a little boney. We ran from Petterson down Sat and Sun. We also ran Spencer yesterday and it is getting pretty low. The Laramie Tunnel was still running yesterday at 2.
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So what does 190 cfs equate to on the old wooden gauge? I think there was a picture of the gauge I'm referring to in CRC2. I'm trying to get a feel for how low it's going to be.

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Looks like they just bumped up the long draw release to 205, up from 183. Flow should be low, but still lots of fun. The extra 20 cfs will help a bit, but it will still be low would be my guess.

The last rock report I saw was 1.5 on the rock for the mid 180s flow. I ran the bottom half last year at 1 on the rock and about 160-170 out of peterson and it was still fun, but low and probably as low as I would want.

So, definitely worth it, especially given the lack of water elsewhere.
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Is this still gonna happen?

And, at the current flows (183 out of res) is it still enough water to have fun?
We ran the whole thing on Saturday. 3 of 4 were first timers and they all loved it.

The only other that I have run it at was about 240 cfs out of Long Draw. That was better, but not too different. Taco Bobs was easier with more water, and the entrance to Melt Down (just past the strainer) was also better with more water. At 190ish we had to slide out on some rock and kind of seal launch into the first drop.
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Latest update as of 8/7. Dropped long draw releases down to 169 today. Plan is to bump up by ~30cfs this saturday 8/9. Should have ~200 cfs coming out of long draw sat and through the weekend. Usually flow changes occur by noon or before on the day of the change.

Plan is to run 200 cfs though this coming week, then drop it down to 160-170 or potentially lower by next weekend.

Could be the last weekend of decent flows on the big south this weekend. Get it before she's done.
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Does she have anything left?

Just curious if some of the folks in the know have any idea if Big South has another weekend left in her? If so, does anyone want to get in there?

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They just dropped the long draw flow down to 60 cfs. She's likely done for the season. The guy did talk about the potential of a couple of days of flows later on in the year for a late season irrigation deal, but that was iffy. It was good while it lasted!
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