(Last Updated:September 29, 2016)
Releases from Flaming Gorge Dam are currently 1,800 cfs and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife request for increased releases through September 30, 2016, for Colorado Pikeminnow has been completed. Dry hydrology continues in the basin and it is expedient to decrease releases during the next few months.
Releases will be decreased at 50 cfs/day beginning on October 1, 2016, until releases have reached a daily average release rate of 1,300 cfs on October 10, 2016, according to the linked schedule. Releases are anticipated to remain at 1,300 cfs through November when releases will be increased for winter hydropower purposes in December.
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 August was 28,000 af, or 32 percent of average. The reservoir elevation is 6,027.49 ft (87 percent of live capacity) and decreasing. The September final forecast for inflows for the next three months projects much below average trending to above average: with September, October and November forecasted inflow volumes at 35,000 af (64 percent of average), 50,000 af (85 percent of average), and 59,000 af (115 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 Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 10:00 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 June 23, 2016Flaming 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: 9/29/16