Ruedi flows to crank up; Fryingpan will be high
Aspen, CO Colorado
BASALT ” Water releases from Ruedi Reservoir will be cranked up this month to help with a recovery program for endangered fish on the Colorado River.
Releases from Ruedi, east of Basalt, will be increased in increments of 50 cubic feet per second over the next few days until the flow reaches 650 cfs on Monday, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the reservoir. The release rate is likely to remain at or near that level through Memorial Day, the agency said.
The high flows severely limit the ability to fish in the Fryingpan River. The river is expected to be at about 350 cfs by Friday afternoon, then continue to rise through the weekend.
The Bureau of Reclamation anticipates that Ruedi Reservoir will fill to capacity this summer despite the special releases for the imperiled fish.
Green Mountain Reservoir also is contributing water to the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. The increases released are designed to increase the flow in the habitat of four endangered fish on the Colorado River upstream from Grand Junction. The higher flows imitate natural, high-water spring conditions that existed before dams and diversions altered conditions.