Northern Water E-Waternews July 2016
Lake Granby Spill Ends
Northern Water staff began making preemptive water releases from Lake Granby on June 20 to make room for runoff from quickly melting snowpack. This marked the third year in a row that Lake Granby has filled and spilled, and the 18th time since 1957. The spill officially ended July 6. The total amount spilled was 11,600 acre-feet with a maximum spill rate of 1,065 cubic feet per second. Additionally, 7,000 AF spilled from Willow Creek Reservoir. CBS4 Denver covered this year's spill.
Reservoir Storage in Great Shape
Colorado-Big Thompson Project reservoir levels are in great shape. As of July 1, total C-BT Project reservoir storage was approximately 99 percent of capacity. On the West Slope, Lake Granby had 536,061 AF in storage, while on the East Slope, Carter Lake and Horsetooth Reservoir held 108,383 AF and 154,386 AF in storage, respectively.
The relatively high storage volumes in July were partially due to low water deliveries. From the beginning of the water year through July 1, only 39,602 AF was delivered, including quota, carryover and Regional Pool Program water. Deliveries have increased in the past two weeks as a result of agricultural users requesting more water to meet peak irrigating season demands.
Where is the rain? June was an especially dry month in certain areas along the Front Range, and exceptionally dry in the Fort Collins area. According to data from the Colorado State University weather station, June 2016 was the second driest June in the station's 128 year record (1889-2016), with only 0.05 inches of rain.
June precipitation within Northern Water's district boundaries was 1.15 inches. The highest total was in Fort Morgan where Northern Water's weather station picked up 2 inches of rain. Year-to-date, 10.67 inches of precipitation has fallen over Northern Water's service area.
The lack of precipitation led to parts of Larimer and Boulder counties being classified as "abnormally dry," which is the lowest level on the U.S. Drought Monitor. While June was dry, to-date 2016 precipitation is still above average.
Smart Irrigation Month
July, typically the month with the highest levels of outdoor irrigation, is Smart Irrigation Month! The Irrigation Association created July Smart Irrigation Month in 2005 to increase public awareness of the value of water-use efficiency. Northern Water, a proud supporter of this public outreach campaign, is providing smart irrigation tips this month on its Conservation Gardens Facebook page and its Twitter page. Another great education opportunity is a visit to Northern Water's Conservation Gardens in Berthoud. We have information and resources to help increase the public's water-wise consciousness.
Board Meeting Dates
Board Planning & Action Sessions are held on the first Thursday of each month. Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. Planning & Action and Board meetings begin at 9 a.m. in the Lake Granby board room at Northern Water's Berthoud headquarters. Click here to see meeting agendas and additional information.
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