Taylor Park Reservoir Operations
September 17, 2020 update from Erik Knight, Hydrologist, Western Colorado Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation:
Mid-September update to the Taylor Park Reservoir operations plan.
Releases are currently at 125 cfs and will go to 83 cfs on Oct 1. Reservoir content on Oct 31 is projected to be 68,500 AF.
The 83 cfs release rate will be continued past Oct 31 and, depending on the continuation of dry conditions in the basin, may be re-evaluated at a later date this winter.
August 27, 2020 update from Erik Knight, Hydrologist, Western Colorado Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation:
After careful consideration of multiple needs from a broad array of stakeholders, the ‘Four Parties’ (Colorado River District, Bureau of Reclamation, Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association and Upper Gunnison Water Conservancy District) deliberated and agreed to a late season operations plan for Taylor Park Reservoir.
This operations plan continues to follow the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center inflow projects for August through October.
Projected release pattern:
– continue the current release rate of 235cfs through the end of August to reduce river temps, meet recreational flow targets & support downstream irrigation
– decrease release to 200 cfs for Sept 1-6 to help reduce river temps, support anglers & downstream irrigation needs
– decrease release toward 125 cfs starting Sept 7 while still supporting anglers & ag irrigation
– decrease release toward 84 cfs starting Oct 1 to help meet optimal winter flow needs & preserve reservoir water storage
The end of October Taylor Park Reservoir content is projected to be 69,000 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