Bureau of Reclamation: Ruedi Reservoir might not fill | AspenTimes.com

Bureau of Reclamation: Ruedi Reservoir might not fill

BASALT – Ruedi Reservoir probably won’t fill this year even though the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation won’t divert as much water east through the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, the agency said in a statement Wednesday.

“We are forecasting we will only divert about 12,400 acre-feet of water,” said a statement by Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Kara Lamb. “To give you an idea of where that number stands: The water right for the Fry-Ark allows for a diversion of up to 120,000 acre-feet in any one year. Our annual average over the last 10 years is closer to about 54,000 acre-feet. Last year, with our incredible snowpack, we diverted around 98,000 acre-feet – and filled Ruedi Reservoir easily.”

The bureau is releasing 110 cubic feet per second from Ruedi Dam into the Fryingpan River. The amount of water flowing into the reservoir is greater, “but with the current data available, we do not anticipate we will fill,” Lamb wrote. “Weather is still a major factor, of course, but that is how the situation looks right now.”

Water releases by the bureau and other water managers in the Roaring Fork River basin will be discussed Thursday at the annual State of the River meeting. The event, open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel.

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