Taylor Park Reservoir Operations
October 8 update from Erik Knight, Western Colorado Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation:
Actual April-July runoff totaled 146,120 AF (Acre Feet) which is 147% of average.
Maximum content in Taylor Park Reservoir occurred on July 27th at 103,310 AF at an elevation of 9328.55 ft.
The end of season target for reservoir content is 75,000 AF. This operations plan indicates the reservoir finishing the season at a content of 77,000 AF.
Releases from Taylor Park Dam are being decreased from 300 cfs (cubic feet per second) to 200 cfs between Monday, October 7th and Wednesday, October 9th.
The next release change will be from 200 cfs to to 100 cfs and is scheduled to occur between October 16th and 19th.
Taylor Park was established to provide water to farmers in the Uncompahgre Valley. It is operated under contract by the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association (UVWUA). While Taylor Park Reservoir water still serves agricultural water users in the Uncompahgre Valley, a unique agreement enables the UVWUA to re-store water released from Taylor Reservoir in the Aspinall Unit (Blue Mesa Reservoir) prior to delivering it to farmers downstream.
Link to UVWUA
More at the Bureau of Reclamation: Taylor Park Reservoir
With the 2019 runoff of 146,120 AF this water year is in the “Wet Year” category.
The Wet Year category includes a spring peak release of 445 cfs for 10 days, which was met.
In the Wet Year category, the end of season target for reservoir content is 75,000 AF, which was also met. This operations plan shows the reservoir finishing the season at a content of 78,900 AF.