Fontenelle Reservoir is at elevation 6498.5 ft (83% full). Operations described in the previous notification issued July 1, 2015 are unchanged, such that releases will be reduced to power plant capacity (~1,700 cfs) by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 8th. Additional information regarding the current status of Fontenelle Reservoir can be found on the Reclamation website.
Spring runoff inflows peaked above 7,500 cfs in mid-June, and reservoir inflows have declined since that time. The current rate of inflow is roughly 1,950 cfs, with recent daily averages ranging from 2,080 cfs to 2,400 cfs. While weather conditions are expected to be relatively cool and wet this week, the forecasted inflow volume for July has decreased significantly, as indicated by the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center. Fontenelle will be operated to accommodate the anticipated hydrologic conditions.
Beginning Thursday, July 9th, 2015, at 8:00 a.m., releases from Fontenelle will be decreased to 1,200 cfs according to the following schedule:
After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10th, 2015, releases will remain at 1,200 cfs until further notice. All times identified in this notification are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at (801) 524-3716. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Lee Elizabeth Traynham, P.E.
Civil Engineer (Hydrology)
Bureau of Reclamation