Today marked the end of our time to store water behind the dam at Ruedi Reservoir. Downstream water right calls came on in the Colorado River system and as a result, we have stopped storing and have started passing native inflow on downstream.
Additionally, we are also starting to receive calls for contracted water. As a result, today, June 21, after lunch, releases from Ruedi to the Fryingpan River were increased by about 60 cfs. Around 170 cfs is now flowing past the gage just downstream of Ruedi Dam.
It is likely the reservoir has hit its high water mark for the season. It is currently at a water level elevation of about 7753 feet, or roughly 88% full.
We are officially into our summer operations at Ruedi. With that in mind, please mark your calendars for July 19. We are planning to hold our annual operations meeting for Ruedi Dam and Reservoir on that day at the Basalt Town Hall. More information will come available the closer we get to that date.
Please let me know if you have any related questions.
Public Information Officer
Bureau of Reclamation
Eastern Colorado Area Office