We were planning an evening cool-off on Bridges tonight. Just looked at the guage...yikes! Can somone give me a rock report? I can't believe its done and don't want to drive 60 miles ones way to find out.
Not to jump down anyone's throat, but the gauge for the poudre means practically nothing. The only reliable info for all the lower poudre runs is the rock report, hence the email list service.
Below BTO and above the canyon gauge there are numerous diversions and additions into the poudre for irrigation and munciple purposes so the guage reading almost always does not reflect the conditions of the runs above filter plant. In some sense you can use the guage as really rough barameter for rainstorm effects but that is about all.
I'm sure if you do a search for past rock reports this is explained better.
the poudre is not done, stop your agonizing, but it won't hold out for to long. what people often forget is, while it is classified as a wild and scenic river, it's flow hydrograph in anything but.
which means with the last rain cycle farmers and a northern front range towns do/did not need as much water and the powers at be most likely turned down the discharge from long draw and joe wright reservior to conserve water until the demand increases. as soon as the front range gets hot again we will probably see the flows come back up a little and hold out until the reserviors are empty.