Green Mtn/Lower blue update - Mountain Buzz

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Old 05-24-2011   #1
Loveland, Colorado
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Green Mtn/Lower blue update

Hi all,
This morning, May 24, at 8 a.m., we began increasing releases from Green Mountain Reservoir to the Lower Blue. We increased by 100 cfs making the Lower Blue flow around 1100 cfs. This afternoon, we will bump up another 100 cfs putting 1200 cfs in the river.

The reason for the change is the continuing snow accumulation in the high country upstream of the reservoir. We are near record levels for snowpack and the run-off forecast from the Colorado River Basin center continues to go up. We are doing our best to balance inflows, storage and releases with the competing demands served by the reservoir.

Even with this change in releases, the reservoir storage is still increasing. Currently, it is rising at just about a foot a day. You can see some of this yourself on our snowpack and reservoir levels webpage. I've also got a main page that summarizes run-off--and links to our other websites.

I'm on the road today. If you have questions, please feel free to call my cell phone at (970) 215-9545.


Kara Lamb
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