|(Above) The Fry-Ark proudly celebrates its 50th Anniversary! Click the photo to see the commemorative film!|
|(Above) The Boustead Tunnel, carrying the Fry-Ark's imports from the West Slope, delivers water into Turquoise Reservoir.|
Spring is coming, and with it will come seasonal changes to operations on the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. One operational update to post in midspring will be the Voluntary Flow Program.
Voluntary Flow Program
The Flow Program, initiated on the Upper Arkansas River in 1990, works to maintain water levels for rafting and fishing interests. To do so, the program uses the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, which imports water from the Colorado River basin to the Arkansas.
Reclamation works closely with the Program's participants which include Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Trout Unlimited, the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Arkansas River Outfitters Association. It is Reclamaiton's responsibility to balance competing demands and time releases from Turquoise and Twin Lakes to meet target levels for the Arkansas River. Those releases also can be determined by large municipal operators — Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Aurora.
Contrary to popular belief, the Flow Program basically runs all year. It's primary operating times, however, are spring and summer--when timed releases most directly benefit either the fishery or white water.
Arkansas Valley Conduit
Reclamation is pleased to announce the availability of the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Arkansas Valley Conduit and Long Term Excess Capacity Master Contract. The Draft EIS and related documents can be viewed on the AVCEIS website.
Pueblo Reservoir is the final storage vessel for the Fry-Ark Project. To learn more about it and the Fry-Ark Project, please contact Kara Lamb.
Current Events and Additional Information
Last Updated: February 7, 2013