We are nearing full at Ruedi Reservoir, but, as we all know, we still have snowmelt coming down from the high country. We are working to finish filling the reservoir while also balancing its rate of rise against snowmelt inflows and the resulting outflow released through the dam and power plant.
As a result, we'll be increasing releases tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., by 50 cfs. This will bring the total flow past the Ruedi Dam gage in the Fryingpan River to about 282 cfs. The 282 cfs also includes the Rocky Fork's contributions.
Attached you will find a graph marking our progress so far this year against the projection we presented at the May State of the River runoff meeting in Glenwood Springs. We are actually tracking pretty well, following the projected operations per the snowpack at that time. Our projections were based on our modeling and, as you can see from the graph, the model shows that releases from the dam might continue to go up some in July. We had anticipated that we would see runoff continue for a while, as we have seen in other good snowcap years.
I'm in all day Monday if you have any related questions. Meanwhile, have a great weekend!
Kara Lamb Public Information Officer Bureau of Reclamation Eastern Colorado Area Office (970) 962-4326