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September 28, 2023 at 10:30am
Happy New Water Year! This Sunday, October 1 is the beginning of a new water year in the Roaring Fork Watershed. The 12-month period from October to September marks the water year because the majority of precipitation we receive after October 1 accumulates as snow in the high country and does not run off until the following spring. Locally, streams have decreased from a week ago, flowing 60-88% of normal for this time of year. Releases out of Ruedi Reservoir decreased 30 cfs on Tuesday morning, bringing flows on the Lower Fryingpan River to 150 cfs. This decrease, which is typical for this time of year, was requested by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the continued management of the Endangered Fish Recovery Program in the 15-Mile Reach of the Colorado River.
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