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Announcements

Hydrochange Increase in Twin Release
June, 17 2021
From USBR:
We have a native exchange ending early so we’re going to release that from Twin Lakes to the river. We’ll increase the release by 50 cfs at 15:00 and another 50 cfs at 15:30. After the gate operations, we’ll be releasing about 275 cfs, almost all of which is native.
Hydrochange Decrease in Twin Release
June, 16 2021
From USBR:
We need to decrease the release from Twin by 100 cfs today to keep following native inflows down. We’ll make a cut of 50 cfs at 07:30 and another 50 cfs cut at 09:00 today, 16 Jun 21. After the second gate operation, we’ll be releasing 175 cfs, almost all of which is native.
Hydrochange Decrease in Twin Release
June, 15 2021
From USBR:
We’re going to cut 50 cfs of the native release from Twin Lakes at 10:30 this morning. After the gate operation, we’ll be releasing about 275 cfs, almost all of which is native.
Hydrochange Decrease in Twin Release
June, 14 2021
From USBR:
We’re going to decrease the Twin native release by 150 cfs today in 3 50 cfs cuts at 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00. After the gate operations we’ll be releasing 329 cfs, all but about 1 cfs of which is native.
Hydrochange Decrease in Twin Release
June, 13 2021
From USBR:
We’re going to decrease the native release from Twin by 50 cfs at 09:00 this morning, 13 Jun 21. After the gate operation, we’ll be releasing 477 cfs- about 2 of account the rest native.
Increase in Twin Release
June, 09 2021
From USBR:
With a river exchange into Twin ending, we’ll need to increase the native release by 250 cfs today. We’re going to make 5 gate operations of 50 cfs increase each at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00. After all the gate operations, we’ll be releasing 519 cfs, 8 of which is account and the rest native.
Increase in Twin Release
June, 06 2021
From USBR:
Runoff has started. We’re going to start increasing the Twin native release at 08:00 tomorrow morning, 7 June 21. We’re going to increase by 250 cfs in 5 increments of 50 cfs each at 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00. After all of the gate operations, we’ll be releasing about 265 cfs, all but 1 cfs of which is native.
Increase in Twin Release
June, 02 2021
From USBR:
We’re going to increase the release from Twin Lakes to 75 cfs at 0700 this morning, 2 Jun 21. We’ll hold this release until 0700 tomorrow morning, 3 Jun 21. At that time, we’ll decrease the release to 15 cfs. The release will be entirely account water.
Decrease in Twin Release
May, 21 2021
From USBR:
We’re going to decrease the release from Twin from 30 cfs to 15 cfs near 11:00 this morning. After the gate operation, we’ll be releasing about 1 cfs from accounts and the rest native.
Increase in Twin Release
May, 18 2021
From USBR:
We’re going to increase the release from Twin Lakes down Lake Creek at 17:00 this afternoon from 15 cfs to 40 cfs. After the gate operation, we’ll be releasing about 25 cfs of account and the rest native.
Water Order FAP 20-19
May, 07 2021
Mount Elbert Powerplant

GENERAL
Both Mt. Elbert power generating units will be down for maintenance on March 10, 2021.

Sugarloaf Dam
Monday, May 10, 2021 at 08:00 Hrs.
Stop the release from the Sugarloaf jet flow valves to the Mt. Elbert conduit. Continue the bypass release.

Maintain until further notice
Release from Turquoise
May, 07 2021
From USBR:
The Lake Fork Above gage is in service. We’ll be increasing our release from Turquoise to 15 cfs at 11:00 this morning. This release is all native.
Water Order FAP 21-17
May, 04 2021
Mount Elbert Powerplant

GENERAL
There is sufficient room in the upper reservoirs for anticipated imports.

Sugarloaf Dam
None.

Twin Lakes Dam
Monday. May 03, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Convert the project release of 15 cfs to native. Total release will be 19 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 20-18
May, 04 2021
Mount Elbert Powerplant

GENERAL
Halfmoon Creek flows are increasing.

Twin Lakes Dam
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Begin diverting Halfmoon Creek flows over 7 cfs into Mt. Elbert Conduit as conditions warrant. Release those diverted flows to Lake Creek.
Water Order FAP 21-16
April, 30 2021
Mount Elbert Powerplant

GENERAL
Snowpack levels have decreased in the collection system.

Sugarloaf Dam
Monday, May 3, 2021 at 08:00 Hrs.
Decrease the release to 100 cfs from the sleeve valves to the conduit. Maintain the approximately 15 cfs flows to the bypass.

Twin Lakes Dam
Monday, May 3, 2021 at 07:30 Hrs.
Decrease the project water release from 55 cfs to 15 cfs. The total release will be 19 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 21-15 Amended
April, 22 2021
GENERAL
Snowpack levels have decreased in the collection system.

Sugarloaf Dam
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:00 Hrs.
Decrease the release to 185 cfs from the sleeve valves to the conduit. Maintain the approximately 15 cfs flows to the bypass.

Twin Lakes Dam
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 13:00 Hrs.
Decrease the project water release from 100 cfs to 15 cfs. The total release will be 59 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 21-14
April, 08 2021
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)
Oct. 1 - Mar. 31: 30
Apr. 1 - Apr. 30: 100
May 1 - May 31: 150
Jun. 1 - Jun. 30: 200
Jul. 1 - Jul. 31: 100
Aug. 1 - Aug 31: 75
Sep 1 - Sep 30: 65
Water Order FAP 21-13 Amended
March, 25 2021
GENERAL
Twin Lakes is being drafted for spring imports.

Twin Lakes Dam
Friday, March 26, 2021 at 11:00 Hrs.
Begin a release of 50 cfs of project water. The total release will be 65 cfs.

Friday, March 26, 2021 at 12:00 Hrs.
Increase the release of project water to 100 cfs. The total release will be 115 cfs.

Friday, March 26, 2021 at 12:30 Hrs.
Increase the release of native water to 45 cfs. The total release will be 145 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 21-12
March, 15 2021
GENERAL
Winter water is over.

Sugarloaf Dam
Monday, March 15, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Convert the 3 cfs project release to native.

Twin Lakes Dam
Monday, March 15, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Stop storing native flows for Twin Lakes Canal Company.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP21-11
March, 09 2021
GENERAL
One unit at the powerplant will be able to generate by Wednesday, March 10. The forebay will be filled in anticipation of power generation.

Sugarloaf Dam
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:30 Hrs.
Increase the release to 370 cfs from the sleeve valves to the conduit.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 21-10
March, 05 2021
GENERAL
One unit at the powerplant should be able to generate by Friday, March 12. The forebay will be filled in anticipation of power generation.

Sugarloaf Dam
Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12:00 Hrs.
Release 200 cfs from the sleeve valves to the conduit.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP21-09
February, 19 2021
GENERAL
Mt. Elbert Forebay will be drawn down at the end of pumping before a dual outage on February 22, 2021. The forebay will be filled before the conduit is closed.

Sugarloaf Dam
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 08:00 Hrs.
Decrease the release from the sleeve valves to 100 cfs.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 08:00 Hrs.
Stop the release through the sleeve valves. Maintain bypass flows.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP21-08
February, 18 2021
GENERAL
There will be a dual outage at Twin Lakes so flows through the conduit will be increased until it begins

Sugarloaf Dam
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 13:30 Hrs.
Increase the release from the sleeve valves to 385 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP21-07
February, 17 2021
GENERAL
Native inflow has accumulated at Turquoise. It will be released down Lake Creek.

Twin Lakes Dam
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Convert the 15 cfs project release to Lake Fork native release.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order 21-06
February, 16 2021
GENERAL
Project storage between Turquoise and Twin needs to be balanced.

Sugarloaf Dam
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:00 Hrs.
Release 250 cfs from the sleeve valves to the conduit.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP21-5
December, 09 2020
GENERAL
The snowpack in the collection system is below average.

Sugarloaf Dam
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 14:00 Hrs.
Stop the release through the sleeve valves. Maintain the bypass release.

Twin Lakes Dam
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 15:00 Hrs.
Decrease the project release to 68 cfs.

Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 15:00 Hrs.
Decrease the project release to 15 cfs. Maintain a release of 3 cfs for accounts. This is a total release of 18 cfs from Twin Lakes.

Maintain these flows until further notice.
Water Order FAP21-04
November, 13 2020
GENERAL
We will begin the winter water program operations on November 15, 2020.

Sugarloaf Dam
Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 00:00 Hrs.
Convert the release down Lake Fork Creek to 3 cfs of project water.
Begin storing 3 cfs of native inflow for Colorado Springs.

Monday, November 16, 2020 at 08:00 Hrs.
Begin a release of 200 cfs from the sleeve valves to Mt Elbert Conduit and maintain the current bypass release until further notice.

Twin Lakes Dam
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 00:00 Hrs.
Convert the 100 cfs native release from Twin Lakes to project.

Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 00:00 Hrs.
Store all native inflows to Twin Lakes for Twin Lakes Canal Company.

Maintain these flows until further notice.
Water Order FAP21-03
November, 02 2020
GENERAL
Native inflows are increasing.

Sugarloaf Dam
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 08:00 Hrs.
Stop the release from the sleeve valves and maintain the current bypass release until further notice.

Twin Lakes Dam
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 08:00 Hrs.
Convert 15 cfs of the project water release from Twin Lakes to native.
Water Order FAP20-2
October, 27 2020
GENERAL
There is a possibility of dual outages at Mt. Elbert powerplant.

Sugarloaf Dam
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11:00 Hrs.
Begin releasing 350 cfs of project water from the sleeve valves to Mt. Elbert conduit.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP21-01
October, 06 2020
GENERAL
Converting native release to project to increase the admin account.

Twin Lakes Dam
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 00:00 Hrs.
We will begin releasing 15 cfs of project water from Twin Lakes and about 2 cfs of account water.
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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: 0 (af)

Estimated Program Water Remaining: 10000 (af)

WaterFlow Data

DateWellsville FlowFlow Program
7/1/2021 5:00:00 PM00
8/15/2020 7:00:00 AM730407.5
8/14/2020 7:00:00 AM754325
8/13/2020 7:00:00 AM700315.625
8/12/2020 7:00:00 AM690281.25
8/11/2020 7:00:00 AM712240.625
8/10/2020 7:00:00 AM700210
8/9/2020 7:00:00 AM730185
8/8/2020 7:00:00 AM754185
8/7/2020 7:00:00 AM643145
8/6/2020 7:00:00 AM684100
8/5/2020 7:00:00 AM690125
8/4/2020 7:00:00 AM700125
8/3/2020 7:00:00 AM706175
8/2/2020 7:00:00 AM724215.6
8/1/2020 7:00:00 AM730175
7/31/2020 7:00:00 AM695129.1667
7/30/2020 7:00:00 AM7420
7/29/2020 7:00:00 AM8020
7/28/2020 7:00:00 AM8740
7/27/2020 7:00:00 AM9160
7/26/2020 7:00:00 AM8320
7/25/2020 7:00:00 AM7300
7/24/2020 7:00:00 AM7000
7/23/2020 7:00:00 AM7180
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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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