News from Around the Basin
July’s still running off! The Good, the Bad and, unfortunately, some Ugly.
Good: Snowmelt is Filling Our Reservoirs
While it is mid-July, when you look to the mountain peaks you will likely see snowcaps – another reminder of the extraordinary winter Colorado had. We saw huge storms well into spring and cooler than average weather which kept the snow on the ground longer than usual. In particular, a surge of April and May cold and snow helped boost snowpack levels to record highs. The snow and resulting runoff is filling the reservoirs across Colorado. Read More.
Bad: The Drought is Over — But Only For Now
Everywhere you turn this summer, people are remarking on the raging rivers, the high levels of the reservoirs, and the lush landscape. But, for the last twenty years, Colorado has been in a drought and experts say that one wet year isn’t enough to change that. Read more.
Ugly: Dangerous River Flows Have Resulted in Deaths throughout the State
High, fast water can be deadly. In June, two visitors to the Gunnison Valley died in separate incidents while paddling on the Gunnison River and on Blue Mesa Reservoir. Three people have died on the Arkansas River. Read more.
More news: Joellen Fonken Appointed as New Representative on the UGRWCD
Fonken will replace the former manager of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District (UGRWCD), Kathleen Curry, who has been a board member for the last five years. Read more.
Join us for our next Gunnison River Basin Roundtable meeting!
Monday, July 15th
Holiday Inn, Montrose, CO
Light refreshments served.
The meeting will consist of several timely topics of interest, including:
– Presentation on Phase 3 of the “Risk Study” from Dave Kanzer, Deputy Chief Engineer, Colorado River District
– Discussion on grant applications for the state’s Water Supply Reserve Fund (WSRF) led by Tom Alvey, Chair, Project Steering Committee
Read the full agenda for more discussion topics and supporting documents.
Also of note – several roundtable membership appointments have occurred since last month:
Julia Nania represents the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District
Kathleen Curry represents Saguache County
More Upcoming Events:
River Ranger Rendezvous, August 6-8, Ruby/Horsethief & Westwater Canyons, CO & UT
Fun on the Uncompahgre/FUNC Fest, August 9-10, Montrose, CO
Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference, August 20-22, Steamboat Springs, CO
Gunnison River Festival, Rescheduled Events, August 24, Gunnison, CO
5th Annual Raft the River with RiversEdge West, August 24, Fruita, CO
The Wonders of Wetlands: A Wetland Workshop for Private Landowners, August 29, Pagosa Springs, CO
Colorado River District Annual Water Seminar, September 18, Grand Junction, CO
Love Your Gorge, Uncompahgre River Gorge, September 21, Ouray, CO
2019 San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference: Changing Approaches, September 24-26, Silverton, CO
C-9: Statewide Summit of Colorado’s 9 Basin Roundtables– September 25-26, Winter Park, CO
Funding Opportunities in the Gunnison River Basin
- US Department of Agriculture federal grants and loans
- Colorado Water Conservation Board state grants and loans
- Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program Colorado River Basin funding opportunity program opened June 10, 2019
- Additional Grant Funding Opportunities table
Additional Resources and Information
River levels and real-time data – Gunnison River Basin website.
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