Muddy Creek work will reduce streamflows |

Muddy Creek work will reduce streamflows

The Colorado River District, owner and operator of Wolford Mountain Reservoir, plans to conduct stream bank stabilization work on Muddy Creek below the dam in the wetlands mitigation area later this month and into late August.

Releases from the reservoir to the creek will be limited to 15 cubic feet a second (cfs) while the work is being done.

In the meantime and after the work is completed, releases from Ritschard Dam will be on par with other years. Generally, that means releases can range from 20 cfs to 120 cfs, depending on how much water is released from the reservoir to meet the needs of water contract holders and endangered fish downstream in the Grand Junction area.

Operators have “filled” the reservoir, like last year, 10 feet below previous full levels and will endeavor to maintain this level as precipitation and downstream demands allow. Ten feet below the full fill level is a voluntary, precautionary measure put in place by the River District while settlement in the rock-fill, clay-core dam is studied.

The dam is safe and is under no mandatory restrictions. All camping, marina and other recreational opportunities at the reservoir are under normal operations. A new 25-site loop is being constructed in the campground to meet rising camping demand and is expected to be available by hunting season.

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