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Old 06-09-2010   #1
 
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Lower Blue is cranking

All,

Things have been very busy, or I'd gotten this out to you sooner. Most of you have probably seen the gages already. But, this morning at 9 a.m.we bumped up releases from Green Mountain Dam to the Lower Blue to 1750 cfs. We had been at 1400 cfs.

Then, at noon, we bumped up again to 2100 cfs.

It is quite possible we will bump up again. We are seeing twice the run-off that was anticipated from the snowpack averages. We are bypassing the native inflow that Denver Water is releasing from Dillon Reservoir.

Keep an eye on the gage and stay safe out there!
Best,
Kara

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thnx 4 the info.
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thnx 4 the info.
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WOoHoO!!! I don't recall the last time I saw so many CRANKIN' ratings on Eddyflower; Hope there is some water left for later this season!
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Just ran it today at 2100. A very different character from 1400. Fun, more continuous, the main play wave is totally transformed and much much better. All strainers are gone. The upper diversion dam is basically completely under water, run it 5-10' right of center down the tongue.
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Is it sticky like it is the mid 1000s? How big is the canyon? Is it huge like when it is at 3000?
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All,
We are bumping up another 300 cfs this morning, June 10. By mid-morning, the Lower Blue should be running at 2400 cfs.

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Is it sticky like it is the mid 1000s? How big is the canyon? Is it huge like when it is at 3000?
At the surf spot the upper wave, and lower surfers right wave are underwater and the eddy extends up to the little cliff on the surfer's right. The surfers left shoulder of the wave at ~1k is a big, side surfing pillow with a steep glassy shoulder. Good to go for just about any move or excellent green wave surf.

As far as difficulty, the everything but the wall canyon to the below the diversion dams feels pretty much the same, just faster and deeper. The wall was a little bigger than @~1-1.4k but not much, but the area below that until the eddy above the second diversion is now very continuous and pushy with many small rock based holes. A long swim and gear recovery if someone swims in canyon/wall. You'll be getting their gear the 2nd diversion eddy.

I've never run it above current levels.
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Kara,

Thanks SO MUCH for keeping us informed of the river flows!

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Meant to ask if the diversion dams were sticky...
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