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The Gunnison River is more than prime fishing water: Rainbow trout there may hold a key to hardening waters throughout Colorado against whirling disease.

    MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)– When you come to Black Canyon National Park you are usually left awestruck by all of natures beauty that surrounds you. But it’s the beauty in the Gunnison River that has wildlife experts excited about the present and the future. In the 1990s, the Rainbow Trout population was devastated by a disease known as Whirling Disease. It’s caused by a parasite which prevents juvenile trout from surviving. Now they’re coming back […]

May 11, 2018, Glenwood Springs, CO – The Colorado River District is pleased to announce a $1.7M funding opportunity to support qualified applicants for construction of irrigation efficiency improvement projects in the Lower Gunnison Project area. Qualified project funding requests thataddress identified natural resource concerns within the Bostwick Park, Paonia, Smith Fork, and Uncompahgre Project areas will be accepted through June 15, 2018, for funding consideration to complete final designs and for construction implementation. For […]

Joel L. Evans, The Daily Sentinel May 6, 2018 You’ve seen the pictures. Maybe you’ve actually experienced it. Other states close the fishing season for the winter, then have a spring opening day when multitudes of fishermen line up shoulder to shoulder to get in that first cast of the new season. It looks insane. I have yet to figure out how everybody casts without getting lines tangled up. I imagine it’s somewhat like a […]

Chris Rourke, Gunnison Country Times May 2, 2018 Despite conditions this year that mirror the 2002 drought, some water users in the Upper Gunnison River Basin can rest easy — for now. Based on a report last week to the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District (UGRWCD) board, a “call” will not be placed on the Gunnison Tunnel this coming summer. For the full article, visit