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Posted on: August 23, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Yampa River Flow Releases

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Although the Yampa Basin experienced above average snowpack during the 2015-2016 Winter, below average summer rainfall has resulted in relatively low stream flows in the Yampa River. Low stream flows can lead to warm water temperatures and low dissolved oxygen levels – two conditions that are unfavorable for aquatic life and stream health. Average flows for the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs during late August range from 120-130 cfs. Stream flow at the 5th Street Gauge in Steamboat Springs dropped as low as 80-cfs on August 18th and it was anticipated to continue dropping. Therefore, the City of Steamboat Springs has called for the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District to release its 552-acre feet of stored contract water in Stagecoach at a rate of 10-cfs over 27-days beginning on August 19th. This water will be protected by the Colorado Division of Water Resources office from Stagecoach Reservoir to the City’s wastewater treatment facility outfall where stream flow and cooler temperatures help the river to better assimilate wastewater discharge. City staff will continue to monitor temperature and dissolved oxygen at the 5th Street Bridge. All river users – tubers, SUP-ers, swimmers, anglers – are advised to be mindful of their impacts to the Yampa River and its wildlife. It is best to avoid river recreation when stream flows are low and water temperatures are high. All commercial river recreation companies must adhere to regulations that were adopted in the Yampa River Management Plan related to flows, temperatures and dissolved oxygen. Thanks for helping to protect the health of the Yampa River.

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