As temperatures begin to rise, many people have an eye on Ruedi Reservoir for runoff. Last week, Roaring Fork Conservancy, along with Mark Fuller and April Long from Ruedi Water and Power Authority, gave locals the opportunity to learn a little more about the reservoir, built in 1968, and its role within the Roaring Fork Watershed. Fuller shared historic photos of what is now underwater, as well as the history through the addition of the hydro plant. The far-reaching water in Ruedi is part of transbasin diversion programs as well as coordinated releases for endangered fish species downriver on the Colorado. The reservoir, about 250 feet at its deepest, can hold roughly 102,000 acre-feet, and it is currently at about two-thirds full. The levels are being kept low in anticipation of more water coming in. The spillway has been used three times in the dam’s history, but Fuller speculates it may be needed again this year.