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Bear Creek reservoir in CO to be lowered for valve replacement

Published Feb. 24, 2016
Following heavy rains which fell mid-September in Colorado, the pool elevation at the Bear Creek reservoir rose several feet. At 4 a.m., Sept. 15, the reservoir pool elevation surpassed its previous record elevation of 5587.1 feet, and peaked at a pool elevation of 5607.9 ft on Sept. 22, shown here. Bear Creek Dam did what it was designed to do by catching the runoff and reducing flooding risks to the hundreds of homes located downstream.

Following heavy rains which fell mid-September in Colorado, the pool elevation at the Bear Creek reservoir rose several feet. At 4 a.m., Sept. 15, the reservoir pool elevation surpassed its previous record elevation of 5587.1 feet, and peaked at a pool elevation of 5607.9 ft on Sept. 22, shown here. Bear Creek Dam did what it was designed to do by catching the runoff and reducing flooding risks to the hundreds of homes located downstream.

Bear Creek Dam is located on the southwest edge of suburban Lakewood at the confluence of Bear Creek and Turkey Creek, construction of the dam was authorized in 1968 and was completed in 1982. Bear Creek Lake is less than 1 mile long and has an average depth of 48 feet. The lake drains an area of approximately 236 square miles.

Bear Creek Dam is located on the southwest edge of suburban Lakewood at the confluence of Bear Creek and Turkey Creek, construction of the dam was authorized in 1968 and was completed in 1982. Bear Creek Lake is less than 1 mile long and has an average depth of 48 feet. The lake drains an area of approximately 236 square miles.

OMAHA, NE - Bear Creek reservoir near Lakewood, Colorado, will be lowered twice from the current lake level of 5,558.7 feet to about 5,557.5 feet to allow for valve replacement work at Bear Creek Dam. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District will begin the first lowering today and the second lowering will begin late next week.

To lower the reservoir, releases will be increased to 70 cubic feet per second (cfs) which fall within channel capacity and are significantly less than the maximum 2015 summer release of 500 cfs.  It will take less than one day for the reservoir to refill to the normal lake level of 5,558 feet.

This work is being conducted in response to damage documented following recent flooding.  Beginning Friday, March 11, normal operations will resume.  Bear Creek Lake will be closed to all ice activities due to fluctuating lake levels.

The valve replacement work has been coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the State of Colorado and the City of Lakewood.


Contact
Eileen Williamson
402-995-2417
eileen.l.williamson@usace.army.mil
or
Katie Seefus
kathryn.j.seefus@usace.army.mil

Release no. 20160224-001