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BY KATHARHYNN HEIDELBERG Water efficiencies are an increasing “must” for Western Slope farmers, who have begun changing irrigation systems and some farming practices to better preserve resources. Qualified growers could be in the running for some help. The program, Modernizing Agriculture Water Management in the Lower Gunnison River Basin, which is funded by the Colorado River Water Conservation District through multiple partners. It offers technical and financial assistance to improve irrigation practices. The river district has […]

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION ASPINALL UNIT SPRING OPERATIONS June 2, 2017   The peak release period of the spring peak operation has concluded. Flows at the Whitewater gage were over 14,000 cfs for four days and a peak daily flow of 15,400 cfs was achieved on May 26. Releases are now being made to sustain half bankfull flow levels at the Whitewater gage. Releases from the Aspinall Unit have been decreasing over the past week and […]

Read about expanded funding available for agricultural producers to implement irrigation efficiency projects here.  

This progress report serves as a summary of activities implemented under the 2015 RCPP project entitled Modernizing Agricultural Water Management in the Lower Gunnison River Basin: A Cooperative Approach to Increased Water Use Efficiency and Water-Quality Improvement (hereinafter referred to as the Lower Gunnison Project or LGP). The purpose of this project is to protect and enhance targeted natural resources through the development and implementation of a coordinated off- and on-farm irrigation efficiency improvement program […]

Request for Proposals – Engineering Design – Notice of Intent by December 15, 2016 The North Fork Partners are seeking qualified engineering firms to submit proposals for a final design of the Fire Mountain Reconfiguration Project. The design provided must meet the previously identified objectives, within available budgetary constraints and include detailed drawings and specifications sufficient to enable a subsequent solicitation for construction bids. The design must include sufficient details, specifications (consistent with BOR and […]

Press Release Colorado River District December 9, 2016 The Colorado River District and its allies prevailed in an important Colorado Supreme Court decision issued on Dec. 5, 2016 involving the change of a transmountain water right from agricultural to municipal use. At issue was a 2014 water court ruling involving the City of Aurora’s one-half interest in the Busk-Ivanhoe Transmountain Diversion Project in the headwaters of the Fryingpan River in Pitkin County. The Supreme Court […]