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Releases from Tri-lakes dams changing but steady through Denver

With increased water flowing into Chatfield Reservoir, water managers with the Omaha District, in conjunction with the state of Colorado, are increasing releases from Chatfield Dam and reducing releases from Cherry Creek Dam to keep overall system releases steady. All Tri-Lakes releases will continue to be adjusted based on reservoir and hydrologic conditions. Chatfield Reservoir currently has 5.3 percent of its flood pool occupied with inflows above 2100 cfs and the release at 2050 cfs. Bear Creek Reservoir currently has 31.1 percent of its flood pool occupied with inflows around 670 cfs and a release of 500 cfs. Cherry Creek Reservoir has 1.7 percent of its flood pool occupied with inflows around 100 cfs and a release of 100 cfs. Chatfield and Bear Creek Reservoirs are currently rising and Cherry Creek Reservoir is slowly dropping.

Tri-Lakes Dams capture 25,000 acre feet of runoff

Heavy rain and mountain snowmelt runoff since the beginning of May have produced high flows along the South Platte River in Colorado and its contributing tributary streams. The three Denver-area dams operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District and referred to as the Tri-Lakes Projects are Chatfield, Cherry Creek, and Bear Creek Dams. These three reservoirs have captured a combined 25,000 acre-feet of flood water during this period. The combined storage capacity of these three reservoirs is nearly 314,000 acre feet of water.

Tri-Lakes Dams catching runoff from last week's storms

Runoff from last week's precipitation in Colorado is causing elevated pool levels at the Tri-Lakes dams that are owned and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District. Bear Creek, Chatfield, and Cherry Creek Dams make up the Tri-Lakes Projects and are not experiencing any dam safety issues from the recent heavy precipitation which fell in the Central Rocky Mountains region. As part of a system operations plan to evacuate flood storage, releases from the Tri-Lakes dams are as follows: Bear Creek - 500 cubic feet per second (cfs); Cherry Creek - 250 cfs; Chatfield - increasing from 1500 cfs to 1900 cfs today.

News Stories

“Worst flooding in years,” isn’t most destructive

Flooding, with record flood stages in the Salt Creek basin struck Lincoln, Nebraska on Thursday, May 7. Heavy, unpredicted rain fell overnight on May 6, with rainfall totals at nearly 7 inches in Lincoln and up to nearly 10.5 inches in Fairbury, Nebraska near the Little Blue River nearly 70 miles southwest of Lincoln. As the Salt Creek and nearby tributaries reached flood stage, the state of Nebraska and LPSNRD requested technical assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under Public Law 84-99, which authorizes USACE to provide assistance when waterways are in or forecast to be in or above flood stage.
Published: 5/11/2015

What’s the Army Doing with Dinosaurs? Redux

On April 11, Montana State University’s, Museum of the Rockies publicly opened a new permanent exhibit in its Siebel Dinosaur Complex called “The Tyrant Kings.” At the center of the exhibit is a nearly 12-foot-tall, 40-foot-long fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. The fossil, known by many names: “Peck's Rex” because it was found in 1997 near Fort Peck Dam and Reservoir in Montana and scientifically, “MOR 980” the specimen number assigned to the fossil when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entrusted it to the Museum of the Rockies in 1998. With the opening of the exhibit, it will become known as “Montana’s T.rex.”
Published: 4/11/2015
District Regulatory Program - Permitting, Wetlands, Environmental Impact Statements, Clean Water Act
Dams and Lakes - Hydropower, Recreation, Water Resources, Water Safety
Water Resource Planning - Collaborative water resource solutions - Planning Division - Continuing Authorities Program, General Investigations Program, Technical Assistance Program
Oil & Gas Development - Real estate ourgrants to use Federal property related to Oil and Gas exploration and extraction
Missouri River Recovery Program
Missouri River Water Management - Reservoir Operations for the 6 Mainstem Missouri River Dams is managed by the Northwestern Division of the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Preserving Cultural Resources


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