July 17, 2024

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Colorado rivers are peaking — and so are drownings

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Anyone who’s driven Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Canyon recently knows. The Colorado River is extraordinarily high right now as warm temperatures spike the spring runoff.

The high flows — nearly 18,000 cubic feet per second below Glenwood Canyon — are buoyed even more this month by a coordinated release from a half-dozen reservoirs across the Western Slope. The Coordinated Reservoir Operations program deploys sustained, not-quite-flood-stage flows through the second week of June to help endangered fish along the 15 Mile Reach of the Colorado River as it traverses the Grand Valley upstream of Grand Junction. 

The Coordinated Reservoir Operations program dates back to 1995, with the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Denver Water, the Colorado…

Jason Blevins

2024-06-13 03:50:00

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