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Old 06-07-2010   #1
 
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Roberts Tunnel, NFSP flows

They turned on roberts tunnel to 177 yesterday, and bailey is in the upper 400's. Talked to Denver Water and they don't know what they are going to do yet today with tunnel flows. Dillon is full and there is a ton of water in the blue river below dillon. Denver needed the water and turning on the tunnel helped get some extra water out of dillon.

Everything else on the front range is cranking, but if you want bailey/foxton, check the gauges later today to see what they do with the tunnel. Nice flows in there right now.

Below is the link to the roberts tunnel outflow. Good to check to see what they are tinkering with. They usually change in mid morning around 9am, but when things are fuzzy like they are right now, it could be anytime of the day.

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Update 6/8/2010

Roberts tunnel flows at 358cfs. Bailey / foxton in the 500's.


From Denver water....
I think the Roberts tunnel flows will only last for the next week. Iím going to try and shut the tunnel off sometime next week to try and accommodate a habitat improvement project on the North Fork.
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from denver water today 6/10...

We will likely run the tunnel until we fill up chatfield. This is likely to be about 4 days. If rains/melt increases inflow, this may change.

Looks like bailey/foxton might run through the weekend. Check the gauges before heading out, because plans are changing daily. A good bet is to check roberts tunnel flows the morning you paddle. Flows typically change around 9am, and are usually updated by 9:30ish on the phone/web.
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Looks like Bailey is down to about 220. Anyone know if this flow will hold through the weekend?
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funkins... they turned off the tunnel today around noon. Everything in bailey is natural runoff right now. Cooler weather will slow the melt, but there is a flood watch out for the front range foothills, so check gauges before you head out.

My two cents... you can do a lot better than bailey in the low 200's right now.
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Thanks for the info, we're going to check the flows early and possibly audible to Clear Creek (Dumont)...heading to CCArk afterwards...give a shout if you are in the area...
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6/18 update...

Denver Water plans on keeping the tunnel off this weekend. Main stem is spilling.
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6/24 update...

Denver water turned on roberts tunnel today to ~100cfs. This should bring bailey flows into the 230ish range (too low imo). Weather and water demand is in flux right now. According to denver water, they would guess that tunnel flows would hold, or perhaps go up a little over the weekend if hot weather increases demand. Afternoon thunderstorms could cause demand to go down though. So there you have it... it could stay the same, go up, or go down.

Got a trick up my sleeve for flows... stay tuned.
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Got a trick up my sleeve for flows... stay tuned.
Thanks for the updates.
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7/1/2010 update

Denver water just bumped up roberts tunnel releases from 100cfs to 200 cfs. This should put flows in the 330ish range for the bailey guage.

Denver water said that they tenatively plan on keeping the flows constant over the weekend, but as always flows could change if there are changes in weather or demand.

Heads up on bailey... the riverwide tree that we have been ducking under on the far left has partially broken on the left side and has dropped down lower. Its barely passable with a high chance of branch to the face/pfd. Might be a walk if the tree drops lower or if flows get higher. Will need some beaver support to get that cleaned up.

Have a great 4th weekend and paddle safe.
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