CPW TO TEST SILVER BULLET BOAT CHUTE, FLOWS ON ARKANSAS WILL BE TEMPORARILY INCREASED
Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
The Bureau of Reclamation will begin to increase flows on Nov. 24. Flows will be increased by 200 cfs, twice a day on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25, as measured at the Wellsville Gauge, until flows reach 1,200 cfs on Nov. 26. Beginning the morning of Nov. 27, flows will be decreased by 200 cfs, twice a day, until they return to winter flow levels of approximately 500 cfs.
Concerns with the Silver Bullet Boat Chute were discovered this past summer when a strong hydraulic at the bottom of the third drop was created during high water levels. The boat chute was temporarily closed to commercial boating until flows receded.
CPW is utilizing emergency funding to reconstruct the boat chute this Fall. By temporarily ramping up flows crews can test whether or not the reconstruction was successful.
"We understand that the increased flows may cause some concerns in regards to the fishery, therefore we have delayed implementing the increased flows as late in the season as possible and the increased flows will be reduced as quickly as possible," said AHRA Park Manager, Rob White.
CPW and the AHRA staff appreciate the public's patience and understanding as they strive to improve the performance of the Silver Bullet Boat Chute.