Quick Arkansas Update
As you all have no doubt noticed, snow pack in the Arkansas basin has jumped up considerably in the last two weeks. By mid-April, it was still slightly below average. Today, May 3, it's nearing 120% of average--and it's still snowing up there.
As a result, we're having to move more Fryingpan-Arkansas Project water from Twin Lakes. We're doing this via exchange with Pueblo Board of Water Works, so the releases will actually be coming from Clear Creek Reservoir. Releases will bump up in 50 cfs increments today and again tomorrow. By Friday morning, the total Fry-Ark Project release coming into the Arkansas River just upstream of Buena Vista should be around 300 cfs .
For those of you who follow the Voluntary Flow Program we participate in most years, this means we'll be bumping up out of that range, slightly.
As always, please let me know if you have any related questions. I'm heading up to Frisco for the State of the River meeting there tonight. I'll be on my cell at (970) 215-9545.
Eastern Colorado Office
Bureau of Reclamation