|(Above) Construction of the valve house on the river outlet that will support connection to the Southern Delivery System is now complete.|
|(Above) Although Pueblo has had below average water level elevations the last several months, there is still plenty of water for recreation. Some debris from recent forest fires and flooding can be seen around the shoreline.|
Pueblo Dam has moved into winter operations. It is currently about 40% full.
Flooding across much of Colorado's Front Range in September called for some unique operations out of Pueblo Dam. Unlike other Reclamation facilities in Colorado, Pueblo Dam is authorized for flood control.
As a result, Reclamation worked closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Colorado Division of Water Resources. During flood status, the ACOE has the authority to control flood operations from Pueblo Reservoir. Colorado Division of Water Resources communicates water release information to Reclamation, who physically opens and closes the gates at Pueblo Dam.
By sharing information and operations in this fashion, the agencies worked together so that releases from Pueblo Dam were adjusted accordingly to help offset rain inflow peaks to Fountain Creek and further downstream in the Lower Arkansas River Valley.
Arkansas Valley Conduit Update
Meanwhile, visitors to Pueblo Dam and Reservoir might notice that a significant portion of construction at the dam has been completed. The Southern Delivery System Pipeline continues with several on-going activities within Lake Pueblo State Park. SDS is a regional water project to deliver Arkansas River water stored in pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs, Pueblo West, Security and Fountain
To be added to the Fry-Ark operations e-mail notification list for Turquoise, Twin Lakes and Pueblo, please contact Kara Lamb.
Current Events and Additional Information
Last Updated: October 25, 2013