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Old 05-28-2013   #1
 
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South Platte Water Levels

Hi all,

Just curious when we might see increased water levels on the South Platte.

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Thanks for the info,

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In general the SPR is dam controlled. NFSP (bailey/foxton) runs primarily off of Roberts Tunnel diversions from Lake Dillon. It takes a big snow year for Bailey to run big from runoff. This year, NFSP will probably not run until later in the summer (July/Aug).

The SP proper above Chatfield depends on Dam releases and storage. Cheesman reservoir has a ways to go for storage, so I don't expect anything big there for a while. There's a chance that some of the high-mountain (Antero/11-mile) spill or are moved down to Cheesman which would give a few days of 11-mile and Cheeseman Canyon water. Maybe mid-late June, but unlikely.

Below Chatfield, generally nothing will run unless: Major storms rain on Plum creek and/or all Denver Water reservoirs full and start spilling.

So in a nutshell: Q: "When will we see increased flows?" A: Later, not likely to be big, don't hold your breath.
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