Taylor Park Reservoir Operations
August 2 update from Erik Knight, Western Colorado Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation:
Actual April-July runoff totaled 146,120 AF which is 147% of average.
Maximum content in Taylor Park Reservoir occurred on July 27th at 103,310 AF at an elevation of 9328.56 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 81,400 AF.
Currently releases from Taylor Park Dam are 400 cfs. The next release change is scheduled for August 21st, with a reduction to 350 cfs. The 350 cfs release is planned to continue until the end of September.
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.
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July 24 update from Erik Knight, Western Colorado Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation:
Releases from Taylor Park will be decreased to 450 cfs on July 25th.
Under the current plan, releases are also scheduled to be decreased to 400 cfs on August 1st.
With the latest inflow numbers, the end of October content is now projected to be 80,400 AF.
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.