Fontenelle Reservoir is currently at elevation 6504.6 ft (97% full) and releases will reach 6,000 cfs this evening. The current rate of inflow is roughly 7,060 cubic feet per second (cfs), with recent daily averages ranging from 4,400 cfs to 7,120 cfs.
Due to recent warm temperatures and storm activity, as well as an increasing probability of precipitation later this week, reservoir inflows are forecast to remain between 6,000 and 7,000 cfs through the week. Fontenelle shall be operated to accommodate the current hydrologic conditions. Additional information regarding the current status of Fontenelle Reservoir can be found on the Reclamation website.
The release schedule issued on June 5th, 2015 will be maintained, such that after the change at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 releases will be 6,500 cfs. Beginning Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., releases from Fontenelle will be increased to 7,000 cfs according to the following schedule:
After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, releases will remain at 7,000 cfs until further notice. All times identified in this notification are local time (Mountain Standard Time) and not hour ending.
Releases will likely vary throughout June in response to observed hydrology. Current weather forecasts suggest that above average precipitation may continue for the foreseeable future, and reservoir releases may remain elevated as a result. This is subject to change as additional information becomes available.
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