Credit: Kara Lamb
Bureau of Reclamation
Eastern Colorado Area Office
Most of you have probably noticed that Pinewood has not gotten as high this summer as it has in previous years. I've had a couple inquiries so I thought it was a good time to send out an e-mail update.
The reason for Pinewood's elevation fluctuation is because it is a forebay for the Flatiron hydro-electric power plant it's the water storage above a power plant. Water is stored in the reservoir to build up "head," or energy, then run downhill to produce that energy at the plant below . Because we are only generating with one of the two units and because we have had so much water move through the system this year, Pinewood's fluctuations this summer have been slightly different than in other summers: it isn't getting as high as most are used to seeing.
We're going to try and get the water elevation at Pinewood back up for this weekend, however. Right now, Pinewood's water surface elevation is on the decline. Its current elevation is about 6567 feet--about 13 feet below full--and it will probably go down another three feet or so. The good news is the decline will stop later today and the reservoir will begin to rise again. The elevation climb will continue well into the coming weekend.
If you'd like more information on the Colorado-Big Thompson Project of which Pinewood is a part, please visit us on-line: www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao.
Kara Lamb Public Information Bureau of Reclamation Eastern Colorado Area Office (970) 962-4326
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