For Immediate Release April 1, 2013
Ken Huson, Water Resourtces Administrator, 303-651-8340
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St Vrain Creek Flow to Increase
Residents asked to be aware of rising water
April 1, 2013 - Due to the current drought that all of Colorado, and the Saint Vrain Creek Basin in particular is experiencing, the stream flow in the Saint Vrain Creek in Longmont is at a fairly low level. As a result of these low stream flows, it may be enticing for residents to play in and around the creek. The Longmont Public Works and Natural Resources Department would like to inform residents that on or after Tuesday April 2, a larger release of water will occur in the stream which will last up to ten days. This water is being released from the Colorado-Big Thompson system in Lyons and will be delivered to water users downstream of Longmont.
Currently the stream flow in the Saint Vrain creek through Longmont is averaging 10 cfs or less. When this water flow is released, flows in Longmont’s Saint Vrain Creek Greenway will jump between 100 to 250 cfs. There should be no problems with flooding, as the creek can convey 5,000 cfs in its normal channel. This flow should not impact any of the facilities or underpasses along the greenway.
Given the drought, natural stream flow will be diminished this year, so this stream flow will help scour the channel and provide benefits to the aquatic environment.
Citizens are asked to be aware of conditions in the creek and be especially careful with children around the Saint Vrain Creek in the coming days.
Up to date Saint Vrain Creek stream flow information is available online at: http://www.dwr.state.co.us/SurfaceWater/data/district.aspx?div=1&dist=5
For additional information please call the Public Works & Natural Resources Department at 303-651-8376.