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Looking east across Colorado's plains with the foothills and the Flatiron penstocks in the foreground.
(Above) The Flatiron penstocks drop down over 1000 feet bringing Colorado-Big Thompson Project water to the foothills and eastern plains.

Eastern Colorado Area Office

11056 W. County Rd 18E
Loveland, CO 80537-9711
Phone (970) 667-4410
Fax (970) 663-3212

Area Manager:
Jaci Gould

What's New at ECAO

Eastern Colorado has a new Deputy Area Manager! Please help us welcome Signe Snortland to this post.

The ECAO's facilities across Colorado are seeing spring run-off come to a close. We capture run-off in our reservoirs for use throughout the year. Typically, run-off in Colorado peaks in late May or early June.

This year, run-off peaked right at the end of May across the South Platte River Basin, which includes the Big Thompson River. It peaked about two weeks later on the Arkansas River Basin. The upper Colorado River Basin is seeing different peaks depending where in the basin one measures. Willow Creek, north of Grand Lake, peaked the first weekend of June. But, the Blue River Basin, near Kremmling and Silverthorne, peaked closer to the middle of the month.

Our Front Range reservoirs are full. You can visit Horsetooth and Pueblo reservoirs on Facebook or here on these pages (see menu to the left). Our mountain reservoirs are still filling.

Water Operations

Currently, Colorado-Big Thompson project water is being delivered to Carter Lake and Horsetooth Reservoir. Fryingpan-Arkansas water is moving down the Arkansas River to Pueblo Reservoir.

On the C-BT, Pinewood Reservoir water levels continue to fluctuate with power generation at the Flatiron Power Plant. Releases from Green Mountain Reservoir to the Lower Blue River in Summit County have fluctuated with run-off --and a trip we had at the power plant towards the end of June. Operations are back to normal at Green Mountain and we are looking to fill the reservoir in early July. To receive regular information updates on Green Mountain Reservoir, please follow it on Facebook.

Granby Reservoir will fill and have a slight spill this year. Willow Creek reservoir has already filled and spilled.

On the Fry-Ark Project, Twin Lakes and Turquoise reservoirs are filling. We are currently still undergoing the backside of spring run-off operations at both Turquoise Reservoir to Lake Fork Creek and Twin Lakes Dam to Lake Creek. During spring run-off, operational updates for both reservoirs are available via the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area webpages. All of Reclamation's water announcements that related to the Arkansas River are posted there.

If you are interested in receiving information on any of these reservoirs directly to your inbox via e-mail, please contact Kara Lamb, ECAO's Public Information Officer.

Other Water Links

Eastern Colorado Area Office, Upcoming Events & Current News
More Public Invovlement Links
Recreation Links

Last Updated: July 16, 2014

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