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Roaring Fork River will roar this week

Jun 13, 2016

Levels will rise this week on the Roaring Fork River since the Twin Lakes Reservoir has reached its capacity.
Credit Carolyn Sackariason/Aspen Public Radio News

Thanks to a wet spring, the Roaring Fork River in the coming days will see even bigger flows than this past weekend’s peak runoff levels. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

 


The Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Company has notified local governments that the Twin Lakes Reservoir will reach capacity on Wednesday, which means there will be no diversions to the Front Range starting today.  

April Long, the city’s clean river program manager, said higher flows could last up to three weeks, which is a good thing.

 

“It improves the health of our watershed because as this water begins to top its banks, some areas, particularly the Northstar Nature Preserve, and that water that over tops the banks does some groundwater recharging and so it replenishes a riparian area," she said.

Castle and Maroon creeks also will see higher water. Officials are warning property owners along the banks and recreationalists using the river and adjacent trails to take appropriate precautions.