Recent News

Opinion – Andy Mueller, General Manager, Colorado River District January 14, 2018 It’s not fire season right now – or at least it shouldn’t be, – but continuing drought and seemingly constant shifts in “normal” weather patterns, set the stage for record-setting, winter wildfires in California that cost the federal government billions to contain. The ongoing drought cycles and over-grown condition of our forests leave Colorado and the entire American West at risk of even more […]

Gunnison Basin Roundtable Meeting Agenda January 15, 2018 Holiday Inn Express Montrose, CO 4:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   Roll Call/Introductions Agenda Approval Approve Minutes from December 4, 2017 Meeting Welcome to Patrice Alonzo, Crawford WCD and Michael Murphy, Town of Lake City Report from Educational Committee Report from Basin Implementation Plan Committee Report from CWCB Representative Update on WSRF funding – Craig Godbout, CWCB WSRF Grant Request – Tom Alvey (Turner Ditch Project) Procedural item: […]

District-funded grants assist projects that protect, enhance or develop Western Slope water resources   Glenwood Springs, Colo. The Colorado River District announced the opening of its annual grant program and is inviting constituents within the 15-county District to apply for funding to assist with projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources on the Western Slope. Since the creation of the grant program in 1998, the River District has awarded more than $3.7 million to […]

Notice of Availability: Lower Gunnison Project Draft Watershed Plan and Environmental Assessment After many months of effort, the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Lower Gunnison Watershed Plan is now available for public review and comment.   NRCS is hosting a public meeting on the Draft Watershed Plan-EA for the Lower Gunnison Project on: Monday July 17, 2017 4:30-7:00 p.m. After an open house period of review and discussion of prepared information and visual aids, a presentation will occur at […]

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 […]