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Old 07-09-2009   #1
 
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Anyone know when the Big T will be running? Do they release from Lake Estes? Is there a schedule? Is it already done? Thanks!

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Old 07-09-2009   #2
 
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No schedule. It ran for like a day this spring. It usually runs for a week in October or November when they do mainenance on the tunnels.
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...and other times, sporadically. It's worth just keeping an eye on the gauge.
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Old 07-10-2009   #4
 
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Big T plumbing...

Basically, all of the water goes thru tunnels and ditches mostly to the flatiron power plant instead of going thru the Big Thompson River. The only time it flows is when they are doing work on the water delivery system (tunnels, power plant, etc). We got lucky last summer when they were having problems with the power plant and had to send a lot of the water down the river and it was freakin awesome, the best class IV boating in the area IMO. Here's a map in case you're interested:
http://www.ncwcd.org/images/maps/Main_C-BT.jpg

As a side note, I wonder if more water came down the river before the huge flood of 76 when the powerplant in the canyon was destroyed.
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Yeah, last summer was fantastic for the Big T. Hope for more water delivery problems.
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