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No hydropower production from Vallecito Reservoir in southwest Colorado
10/30/2018 3:09:00 PM



CATEGORIES:
Energy
Water Supply & Quality
AFFECTED AREAS:
La Plata County, CO

Start Date: 10/27/2018 -  
Water releases from Vallecito Reservoir were set to a mere 5 cubic feet per second toward the end of October as the reservoir was fairly depleted after a summer of drought. The reservoir has a capacity of 125,000 acre-feet, but fell to 21,700 on Oct. 3. Water releases are typically set to about 30 cubic feet per second in late fall to generate a minimal amount of hydroelectric power. The Cortez Journal (Colo.), Oct. 27, 2018
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