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Old 10-13-2011   #1
 
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Buena Vista Flows

i know this is a long way off still, but i was just wondering when the flows for browns and the numbers tend to pick back up in the spring. that area is all dam controlled right?

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It's part dam control, part trans-basin import, part natural. The short answer to your question: May. You can surf around historical data here:
USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 07087050 ARKANSAS RIVER BELOW GRANITE, CO
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There will be a release this winter....as to when, we have to wait and see. Hopefully they start it in Feb and run it through April as they did last year. If I remember right it was 350-450 during that period. Of course the release depends on if we get snow....but we will.
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Old 10-14-2011   #4
 
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Looking back at last year's data, they started the winter releases on January 5 and discontinued them on March 29th. The BOR people do this to draw down the reservoirs in preparation for the upcoming runoff, but early enough so that they don't have to do releases in April and early May when the trout are spawning.
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Awesome thanks a million that is just what i was hoping to hear
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Noticed that eddyflower now shows most of the Ark at zero flows.

For winter time numbers and pine creek add the following two year round gauges together:
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You get also get information on what releases are coming here:
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Good call eklars.

For flows lower down you can take the Granite gauge:

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and add the Clear Creek gauge:

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then add the Chalk Creek gauge for Browns (plus about 20 cfs for Frenchman Creek, Trout Creek and the table water that comes in before Canyon Doors....plus a little from Browns Creek).....

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Then for anything close to Salida you can now use the Wellsville gauge:

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which is also a good barometer for Browns if you take off the South Fork Ark:

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and about another 20 cfs.

or add around 50 (give or take 20 cfs) to it and you have the flow at Parkdale and the Royal Gorge.
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nice, thanks a million guys
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Note that the Granite gauge is showing an increase (spike ) of 50ish cfs bringing the Numbers up to 225ish when combined with Clear Creek. That makes for some phat ELFing... Looking to get out some warm afternoon this week.
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The USGS granite gauge has been down for 7 days (and i think most of the Ark gauges have been too). Anybody know what its actually flowing? Looking to do an elf run sunday or monday if possible.
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