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Announcements

Water Order FAP 22-1
October, 01 2021
GENERAL
The administrative accounts in Turquoise and Twin Lakes are balanced.

Twin Lakes Dam
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Convert the 15 cfs project release to native release.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 21-36
September, 22 2021
Mount Elbert Powerplant

GENERAL
Halfmoon Creek no longer has flows to support diversions into the Mt. Elbert Conduit to be released down Lake Creek.

Mt.Elbert Conduit at Halfmoon Diversion
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 12:00 Hours
Stop diversions from Halfmoon Creek.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 21-35
September, 09 2021
Mount Elbert Powerplant

GENERAL
The native flows inflows have dropped.

Twin Lakes Dam
Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Convert the 15 cfs native release to project release.

Maintain until further notice.
Hydrochange Decrease in Twin Release
September, 08 2021
From USBR:
We’re going to decrease the native release from Twin by 30 cfs at 16:30 this afternoon, 8 Sep 21. After the gate operation, we’ll be releasing 35 cfs, less than 1 cfs of account and the rest native.
Water Order FAP 20-34
September, 03 2021
Mount Elbert Powerplant

GENERAL
Both Mt. Elbert power generating units will be down for maintenance on September 7, 2021.

Sugarloaf Dam
Tuesday, September 7, 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
Hydrochange Increase in Twin Release
September, 02 2021
From USBR:
We’re going to increase the native release from Twin today in 2 gate changes. The first will be an increase of 40 cfs at 08:00 and the second of 35 cfs at 12:00. After the second gate operation, we’ll be releasing 103 cfs, almost all native.
Hydrochange Decrease in Twin Release
August, 31 2021
From BSBR:
We are going to decrease the release from Twin Lakes today by 10 cfs at 11:00. After the gate change we'll be releasing about 27 cfs, of which 0.6 cfs is account water and the rest is native.
Hydrochange Decrease in Twin Release
August, 23 2021
From USBR:
We are going to decrease the release from Twin Lakes today by 50 cfs at 16:00. After the release we'll be releasing about 35 cfs, of which almost all is native.
Hydrochange Decrease in Twin Release
August, 19 2021
From USBR:
We’re going to cut an additional 50 cfs at 07:30 this morning. After the gate operation, we’ll be releasing 146 cfs, almost all of which is native
Hydrochange Decrease in Twin Release
August, 19 2021
From USBR:
We're going to make one more cut before the weekend. At 16:00 we'll decrease the release from Twin by 50 cfs. After the gate operation, we'll be releasing 92 cfs, almost all of it native. We'll maintain this flow until at least Monday.
Hydrochange Decrease in Twin Release
August, 18 2021
From USBR:
We’re going to decrease the release from Twin by 60 cfs at 07:30 this morning, 18 Aug. After the gate operation we’ll be releasing 204 cfs.
Hydrochange Decrease in Twin Release
August, 17 2021
From USBR:
We’re still taking out the water from the VFMP. At 08:00 this morning, 17 Aug, we’re going to decrease the Twin release by 65 cfs. After the gate operation, we’ll be releasing a total of 271 cfs- 170 cfs of project and almost all of the rest native.
Water Order FAP 21-33
August, 16 2021
Mount Elbert Powerplant

GENERAL
The 2021 VFMP has ended.

Twin Lakes Dam
Monday, August 16, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Project release from Twin Lakes will be decreased to 245 cfs.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Project release from Twin Lakes will be decreased to 170 cfs.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Project release from Twin Lakes will be decreased to 100 cfs.

Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Project release from Twin Lakes will be decreased to 0 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Hydrochange Increase in Twin Release
August, 12 2021
From USBR:
We are going to increase the release from Twin Lakes by 25 cfs today at 10:00. After the operation we'll be releasing 392 cfs, of which 325 cfs is Project Water, about 0.5 cfs is from accounts, and the rest is native.
Hydrochange Increase in Twin Release
August, 12 2021
From USBR:
We’re going to do one more gate change for the 2021 VFMP, adding 25 cfs from Twin at 16:00 this afternoon, 12 Aug 21. After the gate operation, we’ll be releasing about 420 cfs from Twin, 325 cfs of project and almost all of the rest native.

We’re taking to flows up to cover the rafting flows over the weekend. The VFMP officially ends 15 Aug. Because that’s a Sunday, we’ll begin decreasing the release from Twin Monday morning. We’ll be dropping the flows by 10% of the flow at Wellsville daily until we reach parity with our inflows. We’ll put out hydrochanges daily starting Monday to let you know what the exact cuts will be.
Water Order FAP 21-32
August, 11 2021
Mount Elbert Powerplant

GENERAL
The project component of the Twin Lakes release will be increased from 130 cfs to 325 cfs.

Twin Lakes Dam
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Project release from Twin Lakes will be increased to 325 cfs.

Maintain until further notice.
Hydrochange Increase in Twin Release
August, 10 2021
From USBR:
We’re going to increase the release from Twin by 10 cfs at 13:00 this afternoon, 10 Aug 21. After the gate operation, we’ll be releasing 320 cfs, 230 cfs of project and the rest native.

This increase will come from native. There’s no change to project or account releases.
Water Order FAP 21-31
August, 09 2021
Mount Elbert Powerplant

GENERAL
Project release in support of the 2021 VFMP needs to be decreased in order to increase the amount of native water being released from Twin Lakes.

Twin Lakes Dam
Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Decrease the project release by 100 cfs. After the operation, there will be 130 cfs of project water being released, the total physical release from Twin Lakes will not change.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 21-30
August, 07 2021
Mount Elbert Powerplant

GENERAL
Project release in support of the 2021 VFMP needs to be slightly decreased in order to increase the amount of native water being released from Twin Lakes.

Twin Lakes Dam
Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 00:00 Hrs.
Decrease the project release by 30 cfs. After the gate operation, there will be 230 cfs of project water being released.

Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 21-29
August, 06 2021
GENERAL Native flows are declining during VFMP. Twin Lakes Dam Friday, August 6, 2021 at 09:00 Hrs. Increase the project release by 55 cfs. After the gate operation, there will be 260 cfs of project water being released. Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 21-27
August, 05 2021
GENERAL Native flows are declining during VFMP. Twin Lakes Dam Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 07:00 Hrs. Increase the project release by 50 cfs. After the gate operation, there will be 125 cfs of project water being released.
Water Order FAP 21-28
August, 05 2021
GENERAL Native flows are declining during VFMP. Twin Lakes Dam Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 14:30 Hrs. Increase the project release by 80 cfs. After the gate operation, there will be 205 cfs of project water being released. Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 21-25
August, 04 2021
GENERAL Rains increased native flows during VFMP. Twin Lakes Dam Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 08:00 Hrs. Decrease the project release by 75 cfs. After the gate operation, there will be 75 cfs of project water being released. Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 21-24 Amended
August, 03 2021
GENERAL Native inflows continue to decline during VFMP. Twin Lakes Dam Tuesday, August 3 2021 at 08:00 Hrs. Decrease the project release by 75 cfs. After the gate operation, there will be 200 cfs of project water being released. Tuesday, August 3 2021 at 08:15 Hrs. Decrease the project release by 50 cfs. After the gate operation, there will be 150 cfs of project water being released. Maintain until further notice.
Water Order FAP 21-23
July, 31 2021
GENERAL Native inflows continue to decline during VFMP. Twin Lakes Dam Saturday, July 31 2021 at 00:00 Hrs. Convert an additional 125 cfs of the native release to project. The total project release is 200 cfs. There is no gate change.
Water Order FAP21-21
July, 29 2021
The project release in support of the 2021 Voluntary Flow Management Program will be increased from 50 cfs to 125 cfs effective at 14:00 on Thursday, July 29. This release will be maintained until further notice
Water Order FAP 21-22
July, 29 2021
A late notice came out regarding a large decrease in the release from Clear Creek Reservoir. We will increase the project release from Twin Lakes in order to fill in behind it. Twin Lakes Dam July 29, 2021 at 15:00 hours The project release in support of the 2021 Voluntary Flow Management Program will be increased by 75 cfs at 15:00. After the gate operation the total project release will be 200 cfs. Twin Lakes Dam July 29, 2021 at 15:00 hours The project release in support of the 2021 Voluntary Flow Management Program will be increased by 75 cfs at 16:00. After the gate operation the total project release will be 275 cfs.
Water Order FAP 21-20
July, 27 2021
The first project release in support of the 2021 Voluntary Flow Management Program will begin effective at 00:00 on Tuesday, July 27. The project release will be 50 cfs and is to be maintained until further notice.
Hydrochange Decrease in Twin Release
July, 26 2021
From USBR:
We are going to cut the release from Twin Lakes today (7/26) by 100 cfs at 08:00. After the gate change we'll be releasing about 205 cfs, of which about 0.5 cfs is account water and the rest is native.
Increase in Clear Creek Outflow
July, 24 2021
From Pueblo Water:
The Clear Creek Reservoir outflow will be increased by 125 cfs at 8:00 PM today (7/24). Current outflow is 75 cfs; new outflow will be 200 cfs, all native. I had hoped to hold steady through the weekend but we’ve had a lot of rain up the valley.
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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: 8467 (af)

Estimated Program Water Remaining: 1533 (af)

WaterFlow Data

DateWellsville FlowFlow Program
8/15/2021 7:00:00 AM763325
8/14/2021 7:00:00 AM772325
8/13/2021 7:00:00 AM766325
8/12/2021 7:00:00 AM742325
8/11/2021 7:00:00 AM714325
8/10/2021 7:00:00 AM714130
8/9/2021 7:00:00 AM736130
8/8/2021 7:00:00 AM751130
8/7/2021 7:00:00 AM769230
8/6/2021 7:00:00 AM745260
8/5/2021 7:00:00 AM744205
8/4/2021 7:00:00 AM93475
8/3/2021 7:00:00 AM897150
8/2/2021 7:00:00 AM961275
8/1/2021 7:00:00 AM924275
7/31/2021 7:00:00 AM798275
7/30/2021 7:00:00 AM768275
7/29/2021 7:00:00 AM686134
7/28/2021 7:00:00 AM66750
7/27/2021 7:00:00 AM79950
7/26/2021 7:00:00 AM9340
7/25/2021 7:00:00 AM9970
7/24/2021 7:00:00 AM8680
7/23/2021 7:00:00 AM7360
7/22/2021 7:00:00 AM7200
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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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