Arkansas River flows will likely not increase during the FIBArk Whitewater Festival because of a lack of available water.

Kara Lamb, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation regional public information officer, said the bureau had not to planned to supplement river flows during FIBArk.

The Bureau of Reclamation manages the Frying Pan-Arkansas Project, which diverts West Slope water into the Arkansas Basin and stores it in reservoirs like Turquoise Lake and Twin Lakes Reservoir.

The bureau also administers the Voluntary Flow Management Program, and Lamb said the program does not take effect until July 1.

She said other entities with water in storage are not likely to release any because of the drought and lack of runoff from winter snowpack.

“There is very little inflow from upstream,” she said, “and it’s already spoken for.”

Chaffee County Commissioner Dennis Giese told The Mountain Mail that local officials have been in contact with municipal water providers in Colorado Springs, Aurora and Pueblo West, all of which have water stored upstream.

Giese said officials received no firm commitments but that the municipal water providers “have always been cooperative.”

Giese said Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Parks Manager Rob White would have the best information about possible releases to supplement flows.

Efforts to obtain additional information from White and municipal water providers were unsuccessful.

At 5:15 p.m. June 14, flow at the Arkansas River gauge near Salida gauge 304 cubic feet per second, approximately 100 cfs less than previous minimum flows for the same date, recorded during the 2002 drought.

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