Credit: Kara Lamb
Public Information Officer
Bureau of Reclamation
Eastern Colorado Area Office
If you've been watching the Fryingpan River today, you probably noticed that it dropped just a few cfs. We moved from a release near 50 cfs to one around 40 cfs.
We will likely maintain the 40 cfs release rate for a while.
Why the change? As most of you know, the 2012 Water Year was pretty dry. We closed out the year with a storage content near 75% of average for the time of year. We also were unable to completely fill the reservoir this water year, falling about 12,000 acre-feet short of full. With the current projections for the coming winter months, we must consider the fact that we might not fill the reservoir in the 2013 year, either. So, we have decided on the conservative 40 cfs release.
Please let me know if you have any related questions.
Kara Lamb Public Information Officer Bureau of Reclamation Eastern Colorado Area Office (970) 962-4326