Upper Ark changes
This year, I'm trying to get more information out about our operations in the upper reaches of the Arkansas River via the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. I'm sending this information to my general Pueblo Reservoir e-mail list, but seriously considering putting another e-mail notification list together--maybe calling it "Lake County" or something. Or, is posting it here good enough? Not sure. Interested in any feedback on what would be helpful, who might be interested, etc.
Here's today's note:
We are starting to see run-off pick up. As a result, we're adjusting our releases from Turquoise and Twin Lakes to the Arkansas River.
Earlier today, we bumped releases from Twin Lakes to Lake Creek to about 1080 cfs. This evening, we will bump up about another 100 cfs. That will put just under 1200 cfs into Lake Creek to the Arkansas River.
The water released from Twin Lakes Dam is native inflow. East slope snow melt run-off that flows into Turquoise and Twin Lakes reservoirs, and a little bit of what comes down Half Moon Creek, is diverted via the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. Those diversions are then released to Lake Creek.
However, additional native run-off is now flowing into Turquoise Reservoir. As a result, we will increase releases from Sugarloaf Dam to Lake Fork Creek by 50 cfs early this evening. We will increase our release another 50 cfs from Sugarloaf tomorrow. By tomorrow evening, about 100 cfs should be flowing from Sugarloaf to Lake Fork Creek.
I will let you know if we have additional changes. Please feel free to call or e-mail me with any related questions.
Eastern Colorado Office
Bureau of Reclamation