I would like to welcome Paul Eckenrode and Bob Croll to our Pine River
of the Vallecito Lake Chamber of Commerce. He also owns the company
“360Durango” – a business, marketing and media company. Bob is the
owner of Croll Cabins at Vallecito Reservoir.
I have included two attachments. The first is a copy of a social media
/ face book post that was circulated just before I returned to work
from New York on June 4th. It expresses some misconception of how
Vallecito Dam is currently being operated by the “…frighten new
Superintendent…,” etc. I think that it is important for all of us to
be knowledgeable about the different thinking in our community
regarding Vallecito Dam and Reservoir. More importantly, that we stay
focused on the legal and binding requirements of operating the
Reservoir. And, that we keep a healthy sense of humor in
accomplishing that objective while trying to be considerate of the
wants of concerned citizens and recreation interests.
I received a call from Paul yesterday. He offered his services in
getting factual information out to the public. Thanks Paul.
To reiterate our longstanding mission, the Hydrology Team will
continue, as always, to operate the reservoir for the purposes of
flood control and irrigation in a safe, smooth manner, and in an
effort to keep the reservoir full for as long a possible.
The second attachment is an e-mail I received from Jim Clay on May
30th. Jim is the President of Pine River Ranches and a member of our
group e-mail list.
The Hydrology Team met yesterday (June 5th). Susan Behery (BOR
Hydrologist), Cory Beaugh (River and Reservoir Operations/Coordinator,
CDWR) and myself. Jim Clay joined us at the end of the meeting. Jim,
again, I apologize for the confusion regarding the location of the
meeting. Thank you again for your interest in Hydrology Team’s work.
Susan provided the latest CBRFC forecast for Vallecito. The June 5th
to July 15th forecast is 150 kaf. We need approximately 50 kaf to
fill. Consequently, we must bypass 100 kaf. As we have repeatedly
reported to you, the spring moisture we have received and the
unseasonal cool temperatures have added to and slowed the release of
high elevation runoff. Remember our safe channel capacity was
historically limited to 2,000 cfs. During the flooding conditions at
Vallecito in 2015, the BOR and the U.S. Corps of Engineers redefined
and clarified that limit at 2,500 cfs. Any flows above 2,500 cfs would
be considered a violation of our safe channel capacity.
Bottomline – The added moisture we have received and cool
temperatures are moving us in a position where we are bumping up
against (if not a smidgen over) the Corps Water Control Diagram for
safe channel capacity, coupled with the amount of time we have to
address peak runoff issues. Please reference Section 7 of the Flood
Control Act. We will now take the necessary action and steps to
correct that condition. Instead of increasing flow from where we
currently are at approximately 700 cfs, and bumping to 1, 000 cfs, we
will maximize our releases out of the Power Plant and the High
Pressure Gate – Gate 3. This adjustment will increase flows to 1,500
plus cfs. It will also, at present condition, put us in full
compliance with the mandatory Corps flood control requirements.
We will start making the release adjustments at 9:00 AM this morning
(June 6th). As a reminder, we are restricted to increasing flows in
200 cfs increments on two (2) hour intervals. The following table
approximates our release schedule for today.
Pine River Release Schedule – June 6, 2019
Time Amount of Increase Total Release
9:00 AM 200 cfs 900 cfs
11:00 AM 200 cfs 1,100 cfs
1:00 PM 200 cfs 1,300 cfs
3:00 PM 200 cfs 1,500 cfs
5:00 PM Maximize PP and HPG 1,500 plus cfs
The next Hydrology Meeting is planned for Thursday, June 13, 2019, at
9:00 am at the PRID Office. As always, please don’t hesitate to call
or text if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.
I have also established a new e-mail address to expedite handling
misinformed concerns by some members of the public. Hopefully this
will help us quickly bridge our differences. That address is
firstname.lastname@example.org. I will response promptly after receiving
Ken Beck, Superintendent
Pine River Irrigation District