News You Can Use from the Gunnison Basin:
Today is the last day for advance registration for the Colorado River District Water Seminar. Don’t miss one of the best water resources events of the year – this Friday September 14 in Grand Junction. Entitled “Risky Business on the Colorado River”, Speakers and panels from the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Upper Colorado River Commission, the Colorado River District and others will detail current conditions on the river and what the states plan to do about them. Whether you are a toothbrusher, ag producer, angler or rafter, there’s a lot to care about. Register here.
Ouray, Gunnison, and Delta counties are all under fire restrictions. Up to date information for each county and links to county-specific websites can be found on this interactive map.
Up-to-date data and river levels can be found on our Gunnison River Basin website.
From our curated water news archives:
Towns are turning towards river parks to entertain residents and visitors on the water. Gunnison is overcoming obstacles in their final designs and Delta is beginning to consider if they would benefit from one too.
The National Park Service added nearly 2,500 acres to Black Canyon National Park in late August, adding “access to Gold Medal fly fishing on the Gunnison River, more family friendly hiking near the South Rim Visitor Center, and a potential source of water for the South Rim”.
The Blue Mesa Reservoir might reach historically low levels this fall. The Bureau of Reclamation has decreased releases from the Aspinall Unit by 75 cfs.
The Taylor River flow will be reduced down to 150 cfs through September “in an effort to preserve water storage in the reservoir in the event of another dry winter.” Orchard City has moved onto phase II in the development of its drought policy.
Who is out there protecting your water? Check out this map from River Network to get a sampling of all the organizations out there tackling water projects and initiatives.
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The Lower Gunnison Project (LGP)
The LGP is making progress and construction bids have come in for one of four projects (Needle Rock Head gate Improvement) slated to go to construction this fall. Initial permitting and planning has been completed with the publication of the Environmental Assessment (EA). This detailed EA can be reviewed here. Information on the next steps is being uploaded to the LGP page. This will include news for both on- and off-farm activities.
Funding Opportunities in the Gunnison River Basin
A large diversity of funding opportunities can be found here
to help improve and conserve water and land resources. For example, the USDA and the USBOR have a number of grant and loan programs
that can prove useful. We will endeavor to update this page as new opportunities become available.
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