Credit: Kara Lamb
Public Information Officer
Bureau of Reclamation
Eastern Colorado Area Office
(970) 215-9545 (cell)
As we move into fall, operations on the Colorado-Big Thompson Project start to shift gears a little bit.
I mentioned earlier this week that the pump to Carter has gone off for the season. Water we were sending up to Carter, we are now taking over to Horsetooth to begin bringing that water level up a little bit as we start to get ready for next year. This is good news for Horsetooth as it is currently just over 30% full.
We could still see some more demands come out of both Carter and Horsetooth in late September and well into October, but right now, the water level elevation at Horsetooth has started to gain, just a little bit and the water level at Carter has held fairly steady. It remains just above 50% full. We are currently delivering around 500 cubic feet per second to Horsetooth.
Pinewood Reservoir is back to more average operations, fluctuating with power generation down at the Flatiron Power Plant.
Similarly, Lake Estes has maintained a typical operation schedule as we continue to bring C-BT water over from the West Slope, generate hydro-electric power and deliver the water to Horsetooth. We are no longer releasing project water through Olympus Dam to the canyon. We are bypassing what is natively in the Big Thompson River on through Lake Estes down the river. That's been about 50 cfs all week this week.
With the diversion from the West Slope still on and the Adams Tunnel running, the water level elevation at Granby will continue to go down. That is typical for this time of year, but more noticeable than in years past because of the heavy draws the entire C-BT system has seen this summer due to drought conditions. As a result, Granby is around 63% full.
I've had quite a few inquiries this week on C-BT operations. I hope this explanation helps. I will be on business travel all week next week if you have related questions. It will be easiest to reach me via cell phone.
Have a great weekend, Kara
Kara Lamb Public Information Officer Bureau of Reclamation Eastern Colorado Area Office