Latest News – June 7
Native Water Inflows Affect Lake, Creek Conditions
Here’s the latest concerning spring run-off, lake levels and the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project from Public Information Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Peter Soeth.
Native inflows are increasing rapidly from Turquoise Lake to Twin Lakes. The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) increased the releases from Twin Lakes Dam to Lake Creek on Monday, June 6 by 200 cfs.
The total release from Twin Lakes Dam to Lake Creek is about 1450 cfs, of which about 1250 cfs is native inflow.
Today, June 7, the releases from Twin Lakes will be decreasing. It will be lowered to 1125 cfs from 1425 cfs in 100 cfs increments. At 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The snow is melting and with warmer weather in the forecast native flows will continue to increase rapidly. Please use extra caution around the waterways this time of year, but especially around Lake Creek in light of today’s release.
About the The Fryingpan-Arkansas Project
The Fryingpan-Arkansas Project is a multipurpose transmountain, transbasin water diversion and delivery project in Colorado. It makes possible an average annual diversion of 69,200 acre-feet of surplus water from the Fryingpan River and other tributaries of the Roaring Fork River, on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, to the Arkansas River basin on the eastern slope.
Water diverted from the western slope, together with available water supplies in the Arkansas River Basin, provides an average annual water supply of 80,400 acre-feet for both municipal/domestic use and the supplemental irrigation of 280,600 acres in the Arkansas Valley. Total project supplies may be further increased through use and reuse of project water.
Lake and Hatchery Races Benefit Leadville Sports Hall
Turquoise Lake Half Marathon saw 78 racers cross the finish line on June 4 after taking on the 13.1 mile race course which travels along one of Lake County’s favorite bodies of water: Turquoise Lake.
Leadville local Kerl Bryan (24M) rose to the top and crossed the finish line first with a time of 1:29:23. The first female finisher, almost ten minutes behind was Elise Sulser (23F), of Laramie WY with a time of 1:38:06. Runners welcomed near perfect conditions with bluebird skies and some cloud cover as the day and heat progressed. Race organizer Carlos Martinez stated to Leadville Today that participation saw a slight dip this year due to some other races in neighboring Eagle sand Summit Counties. Regardless, the racers were ready to run for such great local causes as Leadville (youth)Nordic and the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame. Turquoise Lake Half Marathon 2016 RESULTS.
Then, the next day, June 5, the sun was out and warmed things up for the friendly Fish Hatchery 5k. Located at the historic Leadville National Fish Hatchery, the Fish Hatchery 5K features a scenic cross country style course that winds through subalpine forest near and around the Evergreen Lakes and lower Rock Creek area.
Sunday’s race also saw Thomas French (38M) from Longmont cross the finish line first with a time of 19:54, followed closely by Pauley Cooper of Arvada (19M) at 20:07. The first female finisher was Emily Fuller with a time of 25:14. Fish Hatchery 5K RESULTS.
As a postscript, you just never really know where Leadville history is going to pop up. This weekend it was out at the Fish Hatchery 5k.
“Here is some interesting trivia regarding this year’s Fish Hatchery 5K winner,” wrote race organizer Carlos Martinez. “Tom French is the grandson of the Tom French who was the Leadville Hatchery Manager in the 1960’s and 70’s: Tom E. French – Leadville Hatchery 1943-1944; U.S. Navy (World War II) 1944-1946; Creede Hatchery 1946-1951; Leadville Hatchery 1951-1971. Maybe that’s what put some extra wind in his wings!
Both race’s proceeds benefit the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Congratulations to all and thanks for supporting the Leadville and Lake County community.