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Malcolm M. Wilson

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Local Address:  Salt Lake City , Utah , United States
Bureau of Reclamation
Federal Office Building 2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento , California 95825
United States

Company Description: The Bureau of Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and...   more

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Annual Seminars, 16 Sept 2010 [cached]
Malcolm Wilson, Chief, Water Resources Group, Upper Colorado Region of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation explains the record setting drought-induced decision to reduce water releases in 2014 from Lake Powell to Lake Mead and the potential concern for the millions who depend on the Colorado River
The Aspen Times, 30 May 2003 [cached]
The reservoir is expected to fill with enough water to keep all three public boat ramps in the water throughout the bulk of the summer, according to Malcolm Wilson, a water resources engineer with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.Last year's drought left two of the three boat ramps high and dry.
Water releases from the reservoir should be low enough and predictable enough to avoid interfering significantly with fishing on the Fryingpan River, Wilson added.He acknowledged that there will still be a handful of days when water levels will exceed 250 cubic feet per second, which makes it tougher for anglers to wade and disperse.
Wilson shared the Bureau's forecasts at a annual meeting held in Basalt to discuss Ruedi Reservoir operations.About 30 people attended.
Wilson said it is somewhat of a "black art" predicting what will happen during the runoff period, but the Bureau's forecasts indicate the reservoir will fill to between 95,000 and 98,000 acre-feet.
"It's a new benchmark," said Wilson.
But heavy snows during the last half of the winter and into spring reversed the reservoir's prospects."We're looking at a real miraculous turnaround," Wilson said.
He predicted that the Aspen Yacht Club and Dearhammer boat ramps will be in use from about June 20 through mid-September.The Ruedi boat ramp is already in use.
He wouldn't predict how many days the Fryingpan will be boosted above 250 cfs due to releases.Last year there were 18 days, including 11 days when flows exceeded 300 cfs.
That cannot be avoided due to factors such as releases mandated by the federal government to boost the level of the Colorado River near Grand Junction for the benefit of four species of endangered fish.
Last summer, nearly 11,000 acre-feet were released from Ruedi for those beleaguered creatures.This year up to 20,825 acre-feet could be demanded, according to Wilson.
But in response to protests by Basalt officials, Wilson and other Bureau officials assured the crowd that no Ruedi water will be required this year to make up for shortages in releases from Green Mountain Reservoir in Summit County.
Indirectly responding to other town concerns, Wilson said flows on the Fryingpan will be kept below 250 cfs whenever possible, and flows will be ramped up by 50 cfs increments to lessen the effect on fishing.
The Bureau also faced criticism that its targeted flow of 40 cfs in the Fryingpan during winters is too low for the health of the fishery.Critics contend that leads to a buildup of anchor ice in the river bottom and scours habitat and spawning grounds.
Wilson noted the Bureau can reduce releases to 39 cfs or an amount equal to the inflow.The inflow dropped to severely low levels for a good share of last winter, but flows were kept at or above 40 cfs, he noted.
But a good winter snowpack seems ..., 1 April 2011 [cached]
But a good winter snowpack seems to have saved the day, according to Malcolm Wilson, water resources chief of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
"It is highly, highly unlikely that we'll see a shortage declared for the lower basin," Wilson said.
"But we don't expect that to happen, Wilson said.
The Aspen Times, 31 Jan 2003 [cached]
"When you have a drought, you dust off any and all alternatives," acknowledged Malcolm Wilson of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's office in Loveland.
Wilson is in charge of water management in some of Colorado's mountain reservoirs, including Ruedi, located 14 miles east of Basalt.
@ATD Sub heds:'Pumpback' spooks conservationists
@ATD body copy: One alternative that is getting dusted is the idea of pumping water from Ruedi for use in the Front Range.
It first surfaced in the mid-1990s as part of a broader study by Aurora and Colorado Springs to increase yield from water supplies in the Western Slope.
In practice, it hasn't dropped the level to inflow in several years, said Wilson.
The inflow has recently been in the low 20 cfs range, yet the Bureau has kept the flow above 40 cfs, Wilson noted.
Local environmentalists aren't as confident as Aurora and Colorado Springs that the Fryingpan River could handle the lower flows.
About half of that, 51,500 acre-feet, is considered the "marketable yield," or the amount available for contracts with water-users, according to Wilson.
Of the available amount, about 22,000 acre-feet is not under contract, Wilson said.
So it would be natural to assume that in a time of drought, Ruedi would be a likely target of water-users looking for more supply.
There's already a precedent for water from the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork drainages going east.The headwaters of the rivers contain extensive diversion systems that are part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project.
The project is entitled to divert an annual average of 69,200 acre-feet from the headwaters to the Arkansas River Basin on the Eastern Slope for farmland irrigation and domestic water for Pueblo.
Wilson said the actual annual average that is diverted is closer to 41,000 acre-feet, about one-third less than allowed.
@ATD Sub heds:Bureau: Pumpback 'not likely'
@ATD body copy: Despite the precedent for diversion and increasing drought concerns, Wilson doesn't anticipate a rush for Ruedi Reservoir water.Demand from the downstream users on the Western Slope isn't increasing enough to make additional purchases of Ruedi water likely, he said.
As Western Slope ranch lands are converted to subdivisions, water usage goes down because agricultural use of water is more intensive than residential use.
Realistically, Wilson said, the hurdles of pumping the water back from Ruedi through the Continental Divide to the Front Range are formidable.While the plan is technologically feasible, the politics of diverting the water from the Western Slope are complicated, said Wilson and other observers.
"Is there an immediate threat?Probably not," Wilson said.
But like Wilson, he noted that if the drought continues, more plans will be dusted off.
These Rocky Mountain reservoirs evaporate ... [cached]
These Rocky Mountain reservoirs evaporate less water than Powell, located in Utah's arid canyon country, said Malcolm Wilson, chief of the Bureau of Reclamation's water resources group, which operates the reservoirs. But that does not preclude a shift in operations.
"There's nothing to say we couldn't release more water than we have to sustain Powell," Wilson told Circle of Blue, stating that the interests of the upper basin and Reclamation align, both wanting to keep the dam's cash register ringing.
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