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A buck stands in the forefront and a snow covered Pueblo Dam spillway is in the background.
(Above) A lone buck walks below a snow covered Pueblo Dam.
People gather at a public meeting in front of display boards and talking recreation at Pueblo Reservoir.
(Above) Members of the public discuss recreation possibilities with Reclamation and CPW staff at a Jan. 22 Open House on Lake Pueblo State Park.

Pueblo Reservoir

Reclamation is pleased to announce Great Plains Regional Director Michael Ryan has signed the Record of Decision for the Arkansas Valley Conduit and Long Term Excess Capacity Master Contract Final Environmental Impact Statement. The selected alternative is construction of the Arkansas Valley Conduit using the Comanche North Alternative. To learn more, please visit our AVCEIS page.

Pueblo RMP

In February, Reclamation and Colorado Parks & Wildlife closed the public scoping period for the revision to the Lake Pueblo State Park Resource Management Plan. Comments received from the public help Reclamation and CPW identify important management actions for both the State Park and the State Wildlife Area. That same input also helps Reclamation identify the scope of the Environmental Assessment that accompanies the RMP. It is anticipated that a draft RMP and EA will be ready by late summer or early fall.

Water Operations

We are preparing for spring run-off across the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. Currently, we are releasing about 130 cfs from Twin Lakes reservoir. That water moves down the Arkansas River and is stored in Pueblo Reservoir. Pueblo is currently just over 50% full.

Beginning the first week of March, Reclamation will restart the Mt. Elbert Power Plant. Recreators should be aware that ice conditions are likely to become unstable and to take extra caution for winter related activities at both Twin Lakes and the Mt. Elbert Forebay.

Once the power plant is running, Reclamation will begin moving some water from Turquoise Reservoir down to Twin lakes in order to make room for spring run-off.

To be added to the Fry-Ark operations e-mail notification list for Turquoise and Twin Lakes, or for Pueblo, please contact Kara Lamb. Also, please visit us on Facebook.

Current Events and Additional Information
  • Information on the Record of Decision for the Arkansas Valley Conduit is available on the AVCEIS web site. Be sure to check it out!
  • Displays from the Lake Pueblo State Park RMP public open house are available on our Pueblo Resource Management Plan page.
  • To track environmental processes for the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, please visit our NEPA page.
  • Fishing is once again allowed off the earthen sections of Pueblo Dam. To learn more, please contact Kara Lamb.
  • To access the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project's 50th Anniversary film special, "50 years of Golden Benefits, visit us on You Tube."

 

 

Last Updated: February 27, 2014

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