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Old 08-04-2011   #1
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Shoshone Spike!

Ran two laps with some peeps on Shoshone today- first one at 11:30 AM, probably 4740 cfs. Second one at 1:30- HUGE DIFFERENCE! Tombstone was completely covered- had to be well over 5500 I estimated. Although the gauge for Shosh is up at Dotsero and does not register damn releases (pun intended), I looked at the South Canyon Wave gauge later and saw a spike of probably 1500 cfs. Turns out it was close to 6000 on the second lap.

I have heard that the dam is planning a large release tonight or tomorrow and my question to the boating community is- does anyone know how to get some pre-warning about that sort of dramatic change?

I always scout from the road on the drive in and estimate the level. But does the dam itself have a gauge, or is there a way to hear ahead of time what they are planning?

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Old 08-04-2011   #2
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Hey LeftofCenter. Does Glenwood Springs Electric Department still own the power plant? You might start there.
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Old 08-04-2011   #3
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We often see releases in Aug. I was there today also. Quite a difference. It is my understanding Excel owns the hydro plant now,
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Old 08-04-2011   #4
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Def a spike.. First lap the Sand bar at Grizzly was there.. not even an hour later it was gone. then this evening it was back! Anyone happen to see a purple maravia cat floated all alone? haha Marty's booted me and my passengers out! (still looking for my oars!)
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