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Old 04-13-2015   #1
 
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St. Vrain release?

I dropped by the park in Lyons last week to mess around in the low water. A fella working a diversion downstream told me that water would start releasing Monday, 4/13.

The gauges aren't showing much action yet. Does anyone have info on this?

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They are doing an inspection on the dam this morning and will start releasing this afternoon. Two weeks ago when they drained Longmont Dam Reservoir it took 5 to 6 hours to get to Lyons. The release should be 50-100 cfs.
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So it looks like tomorrow will be the day to catch some more water in there.

Nathan, do you know if this is turning on the for the season, or just a short test on the new dam?

Thanks!
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It should be for the season. They have been holding water in Button Rock to allow a couple projects to get finished in the creek, but are supposed to be releasing what is coming in. It will vary with how runoff comes off.
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Thanks for the info! I will be there today if I notice the numbers starting to bump up, or else wait for tomorrow.

Let it flow!
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Water is on the way. There is 49 cfs coming out of Button Rock so it's not a huge release, but it's 30 cfs more than it's been.
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Right on, gotta make the most of this season!

On a related note, I never visited black bear/ a-hole last year after the flood. Was it fixed for use last year, and if so how are the features? They look like they will be nice with more water.
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They have not been fixed. No work has happened on the black bear, but some is planned above it in the near future. Some temporary work was done on the a-hole because the structure was crumbling and turning into a sieve. The a-hole right now is really just an ungrouted stack of boulders that I would be surprised if it doesn't collapse on itself during peak flows.
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Does anyone run NSV from 36 to black bear?
My standard morning run last season was SSV above 1-5 to black bear. Never did NSV because of the construction but it looked to be mostly cleared out when I went up there today.
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