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Fontenelle Working Group
Meeting Minutes
April 14, 2004


This meeting was held at the Department of Fish and Game in Green River Wyoming. Attendees are listed below.

Purpose of Meeting:

The purpose of operation meetings (held in April, and August) is to inform the public and other interested parties of Reclamation's current and future operational plans and to gather information from the public regarding specific resources associated with Fontenelle Reservoir. In addition, the meetings are used to coordinate activities and exchange information among agencies, water users, and other interested parties concerning the Green River.


The meeting began at 10:00 a.m. with 11 people present.

Fontenelle Hydrology

Rick Clayton gave a presentation on the hydrology above Fontenelle Reservoir (see link below to download this presentation) and expected spring peak runoff. Because of the continuing drought conditions, the scheduled release pattern from Fontenelle Reservoir includes a small bypass of 500 cfs in June and the reservoir should be very nearl full by the end of July.

Special Releases

Some discussion of special releases was made regarding requests from the Green River Chamber of Commerce and the City of Green River Wyoming. Two times each year kayaking events are held in the white water park located in Green River. These events occur in late June and late August each year. Optimal flows for this park are aproximately 1100 to 1300 cfs. Requests have been made for releases from Fontenelle Dam to provide optimal flows during these events for 2004. In the past, the Green River Chamber of Commerce has made a request to the Wyoming Water Development Commission for release of this water. This year, the request has come directly to Reclamation as Reclamation does hold a water right in Fontenelle Reservoir. There was some opposition to these special releases as the changing release patterns disrupt fish populations below Fontenelle Dam. Reclamation has taken the request under consideration and will likely approve the special releases for 2004.

Multimedia Presentations
Next Meeting:

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 p.m. The next meeting of the Flaming Gorge Working Group will be held on August 18, 2004 at 10:30 am at the Seedskadee Wildlife Refuge. Contact Rick Clayton for confirmation of the time and location prior to attendance. Rick can be reached at 801-524-3710 or at rclayton@uc.usbr.gov.

Name Organization Telephone Number
Rick Clayton Reclamation 801-524-3710
Janet Hartford Green River Chamber Of Commerce  
Bryan Seppie GR/RS JPWB 307-875-4317
Ben Bracken GR/RS JPWB 307-875-4317
David Zelinka WWDC 307-777-7626
Robert Keith WGFD 307-875-3223
Roger Moellendorf City of Green River Wyoming  
Jim Fahey National Weather Service; Riverton, Wyoming  
Warren Blanchard Reclamation, Flaming Gorge  
Chuck Green Reclamation, Fontenelle  
Bart McDermott Seedskadee Wildlife Refuge  

Email comments/inquires to: ResourceMgr@uc.usbr.gov