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Hydropower tests planned for Green Mtn. Reservoir

BOB BERWYN

With downstream demand for stored Colorado River water increasing, the Bureau of Reclamation (BuRec) says it is ramping up flows below Green Mountain Reservoir. This week, the federal agency boosted flows by 50 cubic feet per second (cfs), bringing the level below Green Mountain Dam up to about 484 cfs.Anything above 400 makes for good recreational boating conditions on a scenic four-mile Class 2 run below the dam, said Chad Gorby of Colorado Kayak Supply and Summit Kayak School. The section includes one Class 3 rapid, Gorby said.More releases from Green Mountain also help boating conditions in other parts of the Colorado River Basin, particularly the popular Gore Canyon run, Gorby added.BuRec is also conducting tests at the Green Mountain power plant on Monday and Tuesday. Beginning at noon Monday through 5 p.m. Tuesday, flows below the dam could fluctuate widely between 200 and 1000 cfs, according to the agency.”Looks like Tuesday could be a big day in Gore Canyon,” Gorby said.”Such large fluctuating flows could be very difficult to navigate, or could catch people in or near the river by surprise. There will be no one in the area to warn (recreationists) of changing flows,” BuRec said.BuRec also announced a public access schedule for the area below Green Mountain Dam; 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday. New signs with those hours are to be posted soon, said BuRec spokeswoman Kara Lamb.The agency warned that cars and gear left behind the gate outside those hours are subject to being towed or removed at owner expense, according to Lamb.


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