I am chagrinned! I was off on vacation the week before Gore Fest and left you all in the lurch for flow information from Green Mountain. For those who have not had a phone call or e-mail response back from me regarding your Gore flow inquiries, one is coming shortly! I'm trying to catch up. Thanks for your patience.
Here's the scoop: all last week on the Lower Blue (Aug. 7-13), releases from Green Mountain bounced back and forth between 300 and 400 cfs. We are just bypassing inflow. The reservoir is still full. And, there are NO CALLS on the Colorado River.
If you've been down Glenwood Canyon lately, you'll have noticed the stretch where the Shoshone plant usually diverts has been running pretty well. Shoshone is offline. Something about a boulder in a tunnel--I don't have details. Until Xcel is able to start generating again, the Shoshone call won't come on the river. Without a call, we can't release water above the inflow cfs to Green Mountain Reservoir.
Could there be other calls on the river--west slope agriculture or endangered fish or something? Well, it's a possibility and there was a river management conference call today, but I haven't heard of any changes, yet. I think flows down at Cameo have been about 300 cfs above "calling levels," so I am not optimistic we'll see a call come on before Gore Fest this weekend. Right now, we're anticipating running about 300 cfs from Green Mountain through the weekend.
Of course, once I make a prediction like that, the weather usually makes a liar out of me. So, pray for rain and I'll be sure to post here as soon as I hear something different. Oh, and feel free to call, e-mail, or post a reply if you have questions.
Wish I had better news,