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Water Order FAP 20-24
July, 09 2020
GENERAL
Flows have dropped below 700 cfs at Wellsville.

Twin Lakes Dam
Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 07:30 Hrs.
Increase the VFMP project release to 30 cfs.
Water Order FAP 20-23
July, 06 2020
GENERAL
There is sufficient flow at Wellsville.

Twin Lakes Dam
Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:00 Hrs.
Decrease the release by 20 cfs of project and 10 cfs of native.
Water Order FAP 20-22
July, 04 2020
GENERAL
VFMP operations will begin.

Twin Lakes Dam
Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 00:00 Hrs.
Replace 20 cfs of the native release with project water. There is no gate change.
Water Order FAP 20-21
June, 22 2020
GENERAL
Technical Services Center will conduct a channel capacity survey.

Sugarloaf Dam
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 15:30 Hrs.
Increase the release down Lake Fork Creek by 35 cfs of project water to a total of 50 cfs.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 07:30 Hrs.
Increase the release down Lake Fork Creek by 50 cfs of project water to a total of 100 cfs.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 15:00 Hrs.
Decrease the release down Lake Fork Creek by 25 cfs of project water to a total of 75 cfs.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 07:30 Hrs.
Decrease the release down Lake Fork Creek by 25 cfs of project water to a total of 50 cfs.

Friday, June 26, 2020 at 07:30 Hrs.
Decrease the release down Lake Fork Creek by 25 cfs of project water to a total of 25 cfs.

Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 09:30 Hrs.
Stop the project release down Lake Fork Creek. Maintain a native release of 15 cfs.
Water Order FAP 20-20
June, 12 2020
GENERAL
The Turquoise has sufficient room for anticipated imports.

Sugarloaf Dam
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 07:30 Hrs.
Close the sleeve valves. Continue the bypass flows of around 15 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-19
June, 08 2020
GENERAL
The upper reservoirs have sufficient room for anticipated imports.

Twin Lakes Dam
Monday, June 8, 2020 at 00:00 Hrs.
Replace 100 cfs of project release with native.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-18
June, 03 2020
GENERAL
The forecast for Boustead imports has decreased.

Sugarloaf Dam
Tuesday, June 3, 2020 at 12:00 Hrs.
Reduce the release from the sleeve valves to the Mt Elbert Conduit to 250 cfs. Maintain until further notice.

Twin Lakes Dam
Tuesday, June 3, 2020 at 00:00 Hrs.
Replace 100 cfs of project release with native. Continue to release 100 cfs of project water. Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-17
May, 12 2020
GENERAL
Halfmoon Creek flows have increased enough to begin diverting into Mt Elbert Conduit.

Twin Lakes Dam
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 12:00 Hrs.
Begin diverting Halfmoon Creek flows over 7 cfs into Mt. Elbert Conduit. Release those diverted flows to Lake Creek.
Water Order FAP 20-15
May, 04 2020
GENERAL
Twin Lakes must be drafted to make room for expected imports.

Twin Lakes Dam
Monday, May 4 2020 at 11:30 Hrs.
Increase the project water release of 150 cfs to 200 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-16
May, 04 2020
GENERAL
Native flows on the Arkansas River at Portland can support an exchange for Penrose.

Twin Lakes Dam
Monday, May 5, 2020 at 08:00 Hrs.
Stop the release to Penrose from Twin Lakes.
Water Order FAP 20-14
April, 30 2020
GENERAL
Turquoise Lake must be drafted to make room for expected imports.

Sugarloaf Dam
Friday, May 1 2020 at 09:00 Hrs.
Continue to release bypass water. Open the sleeve valves so that the Mt Elbert conduit is conveying 400 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.

Twin Lakes Dam
Friday, May 1 2020 at 10:00 Hrs.
Increase the project water release of 100 cfs to 150 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-13
April, 29 2020
GENERAL
Native flows on the Arkansas River at Portland have been too low to support an exchange for Penrose. The water accounting will be adjusted to show that project water has been released from Twin Lakes for capture at the Penrose well field and a like amount has been transferred from the Penrose project water account to the Pueblo project water account.

Twin Lakes Dam
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 00:00 Hrs.
Credit 0.8044 cfs of the existing project release to Penrose. Transfer a like amount from the Penrose project account in Pueblo Reservoir to the Pueblo Project account.

Continue this until native flows on the Arkansas River at Portland exceed the 155 cfs required to support an exchange.
Water Order FAP 20-12
April, 28 2020
GENERAL
Native flows on the Arkansas River at Portland are too low to support an exchange for Everett Ditch. Project water will be released from Twin Lakes for capture at Everett Ditch and a like amount will be transferred from the Everett Ditch project water account to the Pueblo project water account.

Twin Lakes Dam
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 09:00 to 18:40 Hrs.
Add 0.2017 cfs to the existing 100 cfs project water release.
Water Order FAP 20-11
April, 14 2020
GENERAL
Turquoise Lake must be drafted to make room for expected imports.

Sugarloaf Dam
Wednesday, April 15 2020 at 08:00 Hrs.
Continue to release bypass water. Open the sleeve valves so that the Mt Elbert conduit is conveying 200 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.

Twin Lakes Dam
Wednesday, April 15 2020 at 07:00 Hrs.
Begin a project water release of 100 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-10
April, 06 2020
GENERAL
Inflows to Ruedi Reservoir from the Fryingpan River will reach levels that place the Fryingpan Arkansas Project in priority.

West Slope Collection System
When Appropriate
Regulate diversions to meet the minimum flow requirements as measured at the Thomasville Gauge on the Fryingpan River. Begin diverting any additional water available through Boustead Tunnel.

Fryingpan Minimum Flows at Thomasville Gage

Date • Min Flow (cfs)
10/01 - 03/31 • 30
04/01 - 04/30 • 100
05/01 - 05/31 • 150
06/01 - 06/30 • 200
07/01 - 07/31 • 100
08/01 - 08/31 • 75
09/01 - 09/30 • 65
Water Order FAP 20-09
March, 25 2020
GENERAL
There is enough native inflow to Twin to support minimum outflows.

Twin Lakes Dam
Wednesday, March 25 2020 at 00:00 Hrs.
Convert the 15 cfs project release to native.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-08
March, 13 2020
GENERAL
Seasonal storage of native inflows ends.

Sugarloaf Dam
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 00:00 Hours
End storage of native inflows for Colorado Springs Utilities in their Turquoise account. Release native inflows to the river.

Twin Lakes Dam
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 00:00 Hours
End storage of native inflows. Release native inflows to the river. Continue to release 15 cfs of project water.
Water Order FAP 20-07
March, 03 2020
GENERAL
There is sufficient room in the upper reservoirs that the movement of water to Pueblo can be slowed until the snowpack shows further accumulation.

Sugarloaf Dam
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 09:00 Hrs.
Stop the flow of water through the sleeve valves. Maintain the bypass flows of around 15 cfs.

Twin Lakes Dam
Tuesday, March 3 2020 at 10:00 Hrs.
Decrease the project release to 135 cfs.

Wednesday, March 4 2020 at 10:00 Hrs.
Decrease the project release to 75cfs.

Thursday, March 5 2020 at 10:00 Hrs.
Decrease the project release to 15 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-06 amended(2)
February, 06 2020
GENERAL
The construction associated with the Otero Pumping Station has been completed. There will be a survey to close out the contract. Flow reductions are required for the safety of the personnel conducting the survey. Mt. Elbert personnel would like to increase the flows earlier in the day.

Twin Lakes Dam
Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 11:00 Hrs.
Increase the project release to 100 cfs.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 13:00 Hrs.
Increase the project release to 200 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-06 amended
February, 03 2020
GENERAL
The construction associated with the Otero Pumping Station has been completed. There will be a survey to close out the contract. Flow reductions are required for the safety of the personnel conducting the survey.

Twin Lakes Dam
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 07:00 Hrs.
Reduce the project release to 100 cfs.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 17:15 Hrs.
Reduce the project release to 15 cfs.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 15:00 Hrs.
Increase the project release to 100 cfs.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 16:00 Hrs.
Increase the project release to 200 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP20-06
January, 29 2020
GENERAL
The construction associated with the Otero Pumping Station has been completed. There will be a survey to close out the contract. Flow reductions are required for the safety of the personnel conducting the survey.

Twin Lakes Dam
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 15:00 Hrs.
Reduce the project release to 100 cfs.

Monday, February 3, 2020 at 16:00 Hrs.
Reduce the project release to 15 cfs.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 12:00 Hrs.
Increase the project release to 100 cfs.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 13:00 Hrs.
Increase the project release to 200 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-05
November, 26 2019
GENERAL
Turquoise Lake needs to be drafted for spring imports.

Sugarloaf Dam
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 08:00 Hrs.
Open the sleeve valves such that the Mt. Elbert Conduit is filled to capacity.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP20-04
November, 22 2019
GENERAL
The boat chute testing below Granite has concluded. The project release will be reduced to drafting flows.

Twin Lakes Dam
Monday, November 25, 2019 at 08:00 Hrs. Reduce the project release to 200 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP20-03
November, 13 2019
GENERAL
We will begin the winter water program operations on November 15, 2019.

Sugarloaf Dam
Friday, November 15, 2019, at 00:00 Hours
Convert the release down Lake Fork Creek to 3 cfs of project water.
Begin storing 3 cfs of native inflow for Colorado Springs.

Twin Lakes Dam
Thursday, November 14, 2018, at 14:00 Hours
Increase the native release from Twin Lakes from 15 cfs to 100 cfs.

Thursday, November 14, 2018, at 15:00 Hours
Increase the native release from Twin Lakes from 100 cfs to 200 cfs.

Thursday, November 14, 2018, at 16:00 Hours
Increase the native release from Twin Lakes from 200 cfs to 265 cfs.

Friday, November 15, 2019, at 0000 Hours
Begin storing all native inflow for Twin Lakes Canal Company.

Convert the release of native water to project.

Maintain these flows until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-02
November, 07 2019
GENERAL
Native inflow needs to be released.

Twin Lakes Dam
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 00:00 Hours
Convert the 15 cfs release from project to native.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-01
October, 01 2019
GENERAL
Native has declined below 15 cfs.

Twin Lakes Dam
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 00:00 Hours
Convert the 15 cfs release from native to project.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP19-34
July, 31 2019
We're going to stop the project release from Twin at 16:00 this afternoon. That will be a decrease of 50 cfs in the Twin release.
Water Order FAP19-33
July, 29 2019
We're going to start the Mt Elbert conduit at 400 cfs at noon today. We'll turn off the Halfmoon Diversion at that time. We're also going to increase the release from Twin by 75 cfs at 10:15 this morning, 29 July. 50 cfs of this will be project water and the rest will be native. GENERAL There will be a dual outage of the Mt. Elbert powerplant beginning August 5 so any end of season balancing of project water between Turquoise Reservoir and Twin Lakes will need to be accomplished before then. Sugarloaf Dam Monday, July 29, 2019 at 12:00 Hrs. Release 400 cfs through the sleeve valves to the Mt. Elbert Conduit. Friday, August 2, 2019 at 12:00 Hrs. End the release of 400 cfs through the sleeve valves to the Mt. Elbert Conduit. Halfmoon Diversion Monday, July 29, 2019 at 12:00 Hrs. Stop the Halfmoon diversion into the conduit. Maintain until further notice. Twin Lakes Dam Monday, July 29, 2019 at 10:15 Hrs. Release 50 cfs of project water from Twin Lakes. Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP19-32
July, 23 2019
We're going to balance out the project water between Turq and Twin this week by moving water down the conduit from Tuesday to Friday. The only changes to the river will be stopping the Halfmoon diversion into the conduit. GENERAL There will be a dual outage of the Mt. Elbert powerplant beginning August 5 so any end of season balancing of project water between Turquoise Reservoir and Twin Lakes will need to be accomplished before then. Sugarloaf Dam Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 12:00 Hrs. Release 400 cfs through the sleeve valves to the Mt. Elbert Conduit. Friday, July 26, 2019 at 12:00 Hrs. End the release of 400 cfs through the sleeve valves to the Mt. Elbert Conduit. Halfmoon Diversion Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 12:00 Hrs. Stop the diversion of Halfmoon Creek into the conduit. Friday, July 26, 2019 at 12:00 Hrs. Resume the diversion of Halfmoon Creek into the conduit. Maintain until further notice.
Increase in Twin Release
July, 04 2019
Runoff is on the way up again. We're going to increase our release from Twin Lakes by 100 cfs at 09:30 this morning. After the gate change we'll be releasing 677 cfs- 2 of account, 125 of project and the rest of native.
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This page depicts the Flow Program Target and the flow of the Arkansas River as measured in cubic feet per second (cfs) at the Wellsville Gage near Salida, CO. This page also tracks, in acre feet (af), the amount of water released as part of the summer component of the Voluntary Flow Program.

WaterFlow Summary

Program Water: 10000 (af)

Flow Program Releases: 137 (af)

Estimated Program Water Remaining: 9863 (af)

WaterFlow Data

DateWellsville FlowFlow Program
7/9/2020 7:00:00 AM67920.625
7/8/2020 7:00:00 AM7540
7/7/2020 7:00:00 AM7420
7/6/2020 7:00:00 AM7308.33
7/5/2020 7:00:00 AM73620
7/4/2020 7:00:00 AM71220
7/3/2020 7:00:00 AM6950
7/2/2020 7:00:00 AM8500
7/1/2020 7:00:00 AM8320
7/13/2018 11:00:00 AM408200
7/12/2018 1:30:00 PM284250
7/10/2018 10:00:00 AM284230
7/9/2018 1:00:00 PM398180
7/6/2018 10:30:00 AM383200
7/5/2018 1:30:00 PM378220
7/4/2018 8:00:00 AM333260
7/3/2018 11:00:00 AM308300
7/1/2018 7:00:00 AM283280
1/12/2018 11:00:00 AM3110
12/11/2017 1:00:00 PM4160
12/6/2017 12:00:00 PM4160
11/14/2017 3:15:00 PM6690
11/6/2017 10:00:00 AM6180
11/2/2017 9:00:00 AM6200
10/27/2017 9:00:00 AM5650
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Water Temps & Daily Averages

DateWellsville Flow Daily Average (cfs)Salida Boat Ramp Temperature
6/5/2019 50°F
 37462°F
 34959°F
 34659°F
 34259°F
 33962°F
 36764°F
 41262.5°F
 40162°F
 38260°F
 38660°F
 38260°F
 34661°F
 315 
 328 
 37164°F
 32563°F
 31164°F
 31163°F
 31162°F
 298 
 27663°F
 25962°F
 26762°F
 264 
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