(Last Updated:August 2, 2016)
Flaming Gorge Dam is currently releasing 1,700 cfs. Releases during the base flow season through September 30, 2016, will be modified regularly to provide for Colorado Pikeminnow flows in Reach 2 of the Green River. Targeted flow levels in Reach 2 will vary between approximately 2,000 cfs to 2,400 cfs. Yampa River flows are decreasing and it is prudent to increase releases to maintain targeted flow levels.
Therefore, Flaming Gorge releases will be increased to 1,800 cfs beginning Tuesday, August 2, 2016, according to the linked schedule. Releases may be increased or decreased further depending upon Yampa River flows and updated information will be posted.
Base Flow Forecast
The Record of Decision outlines base flow operations based on the observed April-July unregulated inflow volume. The observed April-July unregulated inflow volume into Flaming Gorge Dam was 1.048 million acre-feet. This volume falls in the average (above median) hydrologic classification at 49 percent exceedance for the base flow period. Base flow hydrologic classification may change based on observed hydrology through the end of February 2017.
Unregulated inflow into Flaming Gorge Reservoir during the month of July was 455,000 af, or 91 percent of average. The reservoir elevation is 6,028.97 ft (88 percent of live capacity) and decreasing. The August final forecast for inflows for the next three months projects much below average: with August, September and October forecasted inflow volumes at 50,000 af (56 percent of average), 42,000 af (76 percent of average), and 50,000 af (85 percent of average), respectively.
To view the most current reservoir elevation, content, inflow and release, click on: Flaming Gorge Reservoir Data.
Working Group Meetings
Reclamation will be holding the Flaming Gorge Working Group meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources offices located at 318 North Vernal Avenue, Vernal, Utah.
The Flaming Gorge Working Group is an open public forum for information exchange between Reclamation and the stake holders of Flaming Gorge Dam. The public is encouraged to attend and comment on the operations and plans presented by Reclamation at these meetings. Meeting notes from past Working Group meetings are posted on the Working Group webpage. For more information on this group and these meetings please contact Dale Hamilton at 801-379-1186 or Heather Patno at 801-524-3883.The August 24, 2014 Flaming Gorge Working Group has been posted online. Past working group meeting summaries and can be accessed on the Working Group pages.
Please contact the Operations Group via e-mail at ResourceMgr@usbr.gov for additional information.
Last Updated: 8/2/16