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Old 06-06-2011   #1
 
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Boulder Creek Barker Update

Barker is filling fast, but still has a ways to go, 8-12' or so. It could fill by this weekend, if they keep the release at the minimum where it is now. If so it will go from low to high, when it spills, as 400cfs or so is coming into Barker as of today.

I also heard today that Boulder County is planning to close the canyon highway sometime this week and blow up a big log jam above Castlerock. My buddy and I have worked hard to keep the stretch below Castlerock to the gnarrows clean, 2.5 mile class III . There is a lot of material up above Castlerock. It will be interesting to see, what they do and what happens to all of this wood as it washes down stream?

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Just spoke to the dam operations guy. He thinks it may spill around Wednesday with current inflows and outflows. He also said that the plan for the log jam might have changed, CDOT might just remove the log jam versus breaking it up and letting it flush. This makes more sense as the Castlerock bridge is just down stream.
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Just spoke to the dam operations guy. He thinks it may spill around Wednesday with current inflows and outflows. He also said that the plan for the log jam might have changed, CDOT might just remove the log jam versus breaking it up and letting it flush. This makes more sense as the Castlerock bridge is just down stream.
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yes, indeed. Thanks for passing on the info.
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Any updates on project spill date? Must be getting close to the top given the huge inflow at Ned.
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Latest news release....

During the next several days, water levels in Boulder Creek will begin rising noticeably, which could potentially impact underpasses near the creek and the safety of creek activities. With higher temperatures and increased snowpack runoff anticipated, Barker Reservoir is expected to fill and spill as early as Wednesday, June 8.

The current flow in Boulder Creek, at Broadway, is about 200 cubic feet per second (cfs). Following CDOT work to remove debris from Boulder Creek in Boulder Canyon, the city will begin to release water from Barker Reservoir this afternoon in anticipation of the spill. This gradual increase of the creek flows will help to prevent a sudden increase when the reservoir fills. By the end of the day on Tuesday, the flow in Boulder Creek, at Broadway, could reach 500 cfs. Following the reservoir spill, Boulder Creek could reach 600 to 800 cfs, at Broadway. Additional precipitation may further increase the flows.
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Thanks for the update!
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Awesome. Boulder creek is so much fun at high water. Bring it on!

What ever happened to the red lion bridge?
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Last I heard Red Lion bridge plans were approved and the bridge is currently under construction with an estimated completion date in July. I'm not sure what that means for passage in the creek.

Looking forward to some high water Boulder creek.
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Red Lion Bridge seems to be more or less a permanent structure. In any event, the river as it passes beneath it is class II, so gone are the days of portaging. The only wood of note below 4-mile (haven't had enough flow to run above this yet) is below the Buttress. Watch out for a near river wide tree above the drop that leads into the play park. It's about 20 yards up from the drop, and during high flow it looks like it has the potential to move into the main drop. Just give it a look before driving up the canyon. As well, there is a huge (1-3 foot circumference) tree branch if you make it as far as the Justice Center. It looks like a tuber killer as it will be mostly submerged at higher flows.
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