Taylor Park Reservoir Operations
July 8, 2020 update from Erik Knight, Hydrologist, Western Colorado Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation:
Operations for Taylor Park Reservoir
Releases will decrease to 275 cfs on July 16th and to 250 cfs on August 1st.
Releases will ramp down to 150 cfs in mid-Sept. an will be decreased to 125 cfs on September 25th.
Taylor Park Reservoir is projected to be at 69,100 acre-feet the end of October.
June 5, 2020 update
Operations plan for Taylor Park Reservoir based on the June 1st forecast for 69,000 AF of Apr-July runoff (70% of average). There has been no change in the runoff forecast since May 15.
With the June 1st forecast of 69,000 AF of runoff, this year currently falls into the Dry Year category. As per the Stipulation, years when the forecast falls under 75,000 AF are determined to be in the Dry Year category.
So far June inflows have been keeping up with expectations. This has reversed the decline in the daily ESP model forecasts, with the model now holding steady around the 69,000 AF number for total runoff volume.
The current release rate is 250 cfs. The next release increase to 300 cfs is currently planned for June 15.
In this operations plan, the reservoir content peaks at 94,250 AF at an elevation of 9324 ft.
Reservoir content at the end of October is projected to be just over 71,000 AF.
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