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Old 07-16-2013   #1
 
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Lower Blue bumps up

Hi all,
Today, with declining flows in the Colorado, demand came on for Green Mountain Reservoir water. As a result, we bumped up releases to the Lower Blue.

By this afternoon (7/16) the LB is flowing at 350 cfs.

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Kara

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Old 07-16-2013   #2
 
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thats about an additional 150 cfs......so Upper C will be about 750+ 150 = 900 cfs

Not bad. Thanks Kara
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Weekend Predictions

Kara - Any thoughts on what the flows will look like for the weekend? I see there has been a lot of rain up there.
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how much flow is really needed to get down the lower Blue in a 14' selfbailer ie through Jurassic Park and all that private land...it's been a bunch of years and my sense is it must be a fair bit more than 350 cfs..........thanks, Chet
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Lower BLue update for July 18

Hi all,
The rain and changes at the Shoshone Plant are having us curtail releases. Here's the note I just sent:

All,

Recent rains and resulting inflow to the Colorado River caused us to back off releases from Green Mountain Dam to the Lower Blue River today. By noon, our releases were around 265 cfs.

By 5 p.m., we will have curtailed releases an additional 65 cfs, or so, in response to a drop in demand for water at the Shoshone Power Plant.

As a result, flows in the Lower Blue River by day's end, July 18, should be around 200 cfs.

There is a chance more changes will occur by the weekend. I will send an update tomorrow when I have more information.

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Kara
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Old 07-23-2013   #6
 
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Hi All,
The rain and the different senior water right calls are changing demands on the Colorado River daily. We scaled back over the weekend. Then, yesterday (July 22) we bumped up to 250 cfs released from the Dam to the Lower Blue.

Today (July 23), we're bumping up another 50, putting the Lower Blue at 300 cfs.

After the basin-wide conference call tomorrow, there could be more changes. You'll know when I know!

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Kara,

Thanks for the updates. We have a group of wooden drift boats planning on floating the Upper C the second weekend of August and we hopefully look forward to some higher flows to avoid rock dodging. Look forward to hearing what possible scheduled flows could be.

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Thanks Kara! Love the updates.

In that basin wide conference call, feel free to mention that the kayakers are ready to hit Gore and its time to crank it up!
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Old 07-24-2013   #9
 
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Going up!!!

Just sent this to my e-mail list. Also posting to the Facebook page:

Hi all,

Although the Wednesday morning upper basin conference call is currently in progress, we already had a change in releases from Green Mountain Dam to the Lower Blue this morning (7/24).

About half an hour ago, we bumped up by 50 cfs to 350. Within the hour, we will bump another 50 cfs. This should put flows in the Lower Blue close to 400 cfs right around lunch.

It is likely there will be another increase after the call. We will see what the downstream demands look like.

More soon!

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