Taylor Park Reservoir Operations
From Erik Knight with the Western Colorado Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation:
The July 1 forecast now projects 140,000 AF of runoff into Taylor Park Reservoir between April and July. This is 141% of average and represents a 3,000 AF increase from the June 15 forecast, and back to where we were on the June 1 forecast.
With a runoff forecast of 140,000 AF, the year type still remains in the Wet Year category.
The daily ESP model runs from the CBRFC have been showing Taylor Park runoff volumes in the 144-145 Kaf range for the last 6 days. The projected inflows to Taylor Park Reservoir over the next 10 days suggest that we may see more inflow in July than predicted in the latest official forecast.
For these reasons, the runoff volume in the current operations plan is up to 142,500 AF. In this scenario, Taylor Park Reservoir is projected to fill to 103,500 AF at an elevation of 9328.6 feet, 1.4 feet below the spillway crest. As of midnight yesterday, reservoir content was at 99,170 AF at an elevation of 9326.47 ft.
The Wet Year category includes a spring peak release of 445 cfs for 10 days, which has already been met.
In the Wet Year category, the end of season target for reservoir content is 75,000 AF. This operations plan shows the reservoir finishing the season at a content of 78,900 AF.
Currently releases from Taylor Park Dam are 540 cfs. It appears this release rate should be continued in order to manage the forecasted inflows and avoid the potential for spilling the reservoir. This operations plan shows the current release rate continuing until July 20th.
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