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Dam Operators Boosting Colorado River Flows

posted on June 15, 2012

officials say they're adding flows to the
Colorado River to benefit fish, rafting, and
farmers and ranchers in western Colorado
after a dry spring.

The Colorado River District, Denver Water
and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are
increasing river flows by about 450 cubic
feet a second through releases from the
Wolford Mountain, Williams Fork and Green
Mountain reservoirs. 

That should boost flows in Glenwood
Canyon to around 1,100 cfs through early
next week. 

The river district says the 71-year average
of flows for this time of the year in
Glenwood Canyon is more than 6,000 cfs.

The extra flows will help reduce water
temperatures in Grand County to help trout


An agreement Denver Water reached with
western Colorado water entities helped
clear the way for the releases.

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