From Erik Knight with the Western Colorado Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation: Taylor Park Inflow/Outflow and Averages The July 1 forecast now projects 140,000 AF of runoff into Taylor Park Reservoir between April and July. This is 141% of average and represents a 3,000 AF increase from the June 15 forecast, and back to where we were on the June 1 forecast. With a runoff forecast of 140,000 AF, the year type still […]
Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association manager Steve Anderson announced that flows through the Gunnison Tunnel will be increased by 50 cubic feet per second (cfs) beginning on July 24th bringing the total flows to capacity of 1,300 cfs. The Gunnison Tunnel is a 5.8 mile irrigation tunnel that diverts water from the Gunnison River to the arid Uncompahgre Valley around the Montrose, Colorado area.
The Drought is Over — But Only For Now Everywhere you turn this summer, people are remarking on the raging rivers, the 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. According to the Colorado Sun, “Colorado River District general manager Andy Mueller likened  to a year-end salary bonus. ‘It’s a […]
Joellen Fonken appointed as the new representative on the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District (UGRWCD). Joellen Fonken, a representative with a “recreational” background, will replace Kathleen Curry, the former manager of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District (UGRWCD), who has been a board member for the last five years. Board members are appointed by the Gunnison District Court and Judge Steven Patrick made four appointments to the board on June 20. In his […]
At Least 13 People Have Died on Colorado Rivers this Year 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. Other Colorado water fatalities have been recorded by the Colorado Sun – read more here. The Gunnison, East, and Slate Rivers were closed due to dangerous conditions […]
Snow Melt Promises to Fill 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 experienced. We saw huge storms well into spring and cooler than average weather which kept snow on the ground longer than usual. In particular, cold temperatures in April and May helped boost snowpack levels to record highs. The snow and the resulting runoff is filling […]