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July 18, 2024 River Report

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July 18, 2024 at 10:45am



Nearly all stream flows in the Roaring Fork Watershed decreased over the past week, as rivers ramp down towards baseflow. The exception is the Upper Fryingpan River, where flows increased slightly due to decreased transmountain diversions through Boustead Tunnel. Currently, flows are 52-104% of normal for this time of year. On Tuesday, Lincoln Creek and the Roaring Fork River through Woody Creek became discolored and turbid due to a planned drawdown at Grizzly Reservoir. Rehabilitation of the Grizzly Dam requires that the reservoir is drained. This water contains sediment that had settled at the bottom of the reservoir, but are now suspended in the stream flow. Water quality sampling was undertaken the same day by a team of Pitkin County Environmental Health and Roaring Fork Conservancy water professionals. Find more details at


Stream flow, diversion and reservoir data acquired from U.S. Geological Survey, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Colorado Division of Water Resources, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Roaring Fork Watershed stream gages:

Colorado drought conditions:


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