Underwater inspections to be conducted at Taylor Park Dam

Media Contact: Justyn Liff, 970-248-0625, jliff@usbr.gov
Tom Fowlds, 970-248-0642, tfowlds@usbr.gov

For Release: October 01, 2018

GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct underwater inspections of the outlet works stilling basin, intake structure, and spillway stilling basin at Taylor Park Dam on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Taylor Park Dam is located in Gunnison County, Colorado.

Releases from the dam will be reduced to 25 cubic-feet-per-second for 15 minutes for safety and visibility reasons for the dive team so they can inspect the condition of the outlet works stilling basin. Releases will not need to be reduced for the inspection of the intake structure or the spillway stilling basin. This inspection is part of a Comprehensive Review conducted every eight years at the dam.

Divers will limit dive time to 15 minutes or less, and the river downstream from the dam will be monitored by Reclamation and Colorado Parks and Wildlife employees during the dive. If impacts to the fishery develop during monitoring, the dive will be terminated.

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