Taylor Park Reservoir Operations
Taylor Park Reservoir update report using the Mar 1 forecast of 71,000 AF of runoff into Taylor Park Reservoir (72% of average).
This runoff forecast puts the year type back in the Dry Year category. In the Dry Year category there is no requirement for a spring peak release. The end of October target content remains at 70,000 AF.
This preliminary operations plan shows the reservoir filling to a maximum seasonal content of 88,800 AF (84% full) at elevation 9321 ft.
Snowpack in the Taylor Park watershed dropped from the Feb. status of at 91% normal to now only 80% of normal. Snowpack throughout the Upper Gunnison Basin is 74% of average. February snow accumulation reached 94% of average for the Upper Gunnison Basin.
Erik Knight, Hydrologist, Western Colorado Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation
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 Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association UVWUA
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