Water being released from Stagecoach Reservoir to boost Yampa River flows

If you thought the flows in the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs, particularly upstream from the confluence of Fish Creek, were pretty anemic during the weekend, you were right. But as it was in 2016, help is on the way for the river.

Once again this year, the nonprofit Colorado Water Trust and the Colorado Water Conservation Board are collaborating to arrange a release of water from Stagecoach Reservoir to boost lagging flows in the Yampa River under an agreement with dam owner, the Upper Yampa Conservancy District. New this year is the support of The Nature Conservancy.

Last year, conservation releases did not begin until mid-September, but in 2017, with the river already flowing well below normal, water releases from the dam were set at 10 cubic feet per second beginning July 11. But it can’t go on forever this way…

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Steamboat Today
Tom Ross
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