Homestake / Gilman rec release opportunity
At the South Platte meeting today, Aurora Water reps noted that in 2012 they plan on completely draining homestake reservoir to do repairs to the 40 yr old asphalt faced dam. Tenative schedule calls for draining homestake reservoir starting late Feb 2012 through June 2012. Aurora hopes to pump most of the water to use for municipal needs, but if they don't have enough storage for it, they will let the excess out through homestake creek. I talked to the Aurora Water rep about the possibility of working with the boating community to plan recreational releases on homestake / gilman during the draining process. My guess is that flows could be enough to paddle on homestake / gilman, but I doubt we could get enough water to make a big impact on the larger riverbed on downstream sections.
My question for buzzards and homestake / gilman boaters is... what would a good recreational release flow be? I've only boating H/G once at 50/450 cfs on the homestake @ gold park and eagle at minturn gauges (decent flow). I'm looking for some feedback on a range of flows that boaters think would be good for either section of river. What kind of min/max flows on homestake or gilman would you like to see if we could get it?
No gaurantees from Aurora Water at this point, but they seemed open to the discussion, and my guess is that they will be hard pressed to take all of the water to the front range. Could be a nice bonus for homestake / gilman boaters.