Inflows to Fontenelle Reservoir for the month of April were 50,600 acre-feet (AF), or 78 percent of average. The reservoir elevation is 6472 feet, 38 percent of live capacity and decreasing. Inflows are averaging 850 cubic feet per second (cfs) and are expected to increase over the next few weeks as spring runoff flows enter the reservoir. Reservoir releases will be decreased to 800 cfs on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, and will likely remain at this level through summer.
Inflows for the next three months are projected to be below average: with May, June and July forecasted inflow volumes at 80,000 AF (49% of average), 165,000 AF (55% of average), and 85,000 AF (48% of average), respectively. The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center has issued the official water supply forecast for the April through July unregulated inflow volume which is 380,000 AF or 52 percent of the 1981-2010 thirty-year average.
To view the most current reservoir elevation, content, inflow and release, click on: Fontenelle Reservoir Data.
The next Fontenelle Working Group meeting is scheduled for August 22, 2013, at 10:00 am at the Joint Powers and Water Board located in Green River, Wyoming. The Fontenelle Working Group is an open public forum for information exchange between Reclamation and other parties associated with the operation of Fontenelle Reservoir. The spring Fontenelle Working Group meeting was held on April 25, 2013 at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, Wyoming. Minutes from the meeting will shortly be posted on the Working Group webpages.
Updated May 14, 2013
Heather E. Hermansen
Email comments/inquires to: ResourceMgr@usbr.gov