Green Mountain goes up for spring
Those of you who had thought Green Mountain would go up for runoff were right. I just sent this. It mentions a press release. I didn't attach it here, but if you want it, just e-mail me.
After a conference call this morning, it was decided that this year is a good year for a group of reservoir operators in the Upper Colorado River basin to participate in the Coordinated Reservoirs Operations program--a program geared at getting snowmelt flows to match historic levels in the Colorado River for the benefit of endangered fish. Green Mountain is one of the reservoirs participating this year.
I've attached the press release the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent earlier this afternoon.
What this means for Green Mountain Reservoir is that we will be bypassing the inflowing snowmelt to the reservoir on through the dam and down the Lower Blue. Because more is coming in than we are currently releasing, we will be bumping up releases in 100 cfs increments over the next several days, hitting a cfs of around 600 by Monday, May 18. After Monday, the CROS group will reconvene. But, there is a strong likelihood the 600 cfs will continue through Memorial Day. I'll keep you posted on what changes are made.
This afternoon, we bumped releases up from around 100 cfs to about 200 cfs. The change was made between 1 and 3 p.m. I'm anticipating the daily 100 cfs increase will be made in this same time frame through the weekend, hitting the 600 cfs mark Monday afternoon.
For those keeping tabs on the reservoir, it is currently at a water elevation of 7913 feet--that's still quite a bit down from full, but we're anticipating enough water down the Blue this year to participate in this program and fill the reservoir.
As always, please let me know if you have any related questions or concerns. And, have a great weekend!
Eastern Colorado Office
Bureau of Reclamation