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Ruedi water release drops

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” A reduction in the water release from Ruedi dam will prolong boating on the reservoir but drop the water level for anglers on the Fryingpan River.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced yesterday it would reduce the water release at Ruedi from 305 to 245 cubic feet per second. The drop came at the request of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which wants to preserve its contracted water in Ruedi for a longer period this fall to benefit endangered fish on the Colorado River near the Grand Valley. The wildlife service has an agreement to use Ruedi water for its Endangered Fish Recovery Program.

The wildlife service has about 5,000 acre feet of water to use by Oct. 15, according to the reclamation bureau. About one-half of the 305 cfs being released until last night was for the fish recovery program, the bureau said.


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