GRAND JUNCTION — Andy Mueller, the general manager of the Colorado River District, presented six principles last week to guide an emerging federal and state program designed to reduce water use in order to avoid a compact call on the Colorado River. Read the full article at the Post Independent Colorado River district GM unveils manifesto for water-use reductions
Colorado’s hot summer of dry ditches and empty reservoirs has left distressed farmers sweating: Will it get worse? The state is in the midst of the fourth-driest water year and the third-hottest summer in more than a century of record keeping read the full article here: Colorado’s hot summer of dry ditches and empty reservoirs has left distressed farmers sweating: Will it get worse?
Bureau of Reclamation: Aspinall Unit Releases September 7, 2018 Releases from the Aspinall Unit will be decreased by 75 cfs on Sunday, September 9th. Releases are being decreased in order to bring flows in the lower Gunnison River closer to the baseflow target while conserving storage in Blue Mesa Reservoir. The actual April-July runoff volume for Blue Mesa Reservoir was 237,500 AF of inflow, which is 35% of average. Flows in the lower Gunnison River […]
Excerpt from the original article: Gunnison reservoir dropping to historically low level By Liz Forester Published: Sep 6, 2018, Updated Sep 7, 2018 Colorado’s largest body of water might hit a historically low level this fall, prompting early closures of some of the area’s recreation opportunities. The Blue Mesa Reservoir, which feeds into the Colorado River, is at 39 percent capacity, according to the Bureau of Land Reclamation. The last time the reservoir west […]
Excerpt from original article: Drought task force moves to phase two By Emy Lynn Roque Cisneros Published: Published September 5, 2018 After six weeks discussing drought condition indicators, the Orchard City drought task force is preparing to move to phase two of its plan. This phase will focus on developing guidelines for conserving and reducing water use should a drought be declared. “I don’t care if this process takes six months,” said trustee Doug Keller. “We’re not dealing […]
Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for North Delta Irrigation Canal Salinity Control Project I For Release: August 28, 2018 The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment on the Delta Irrigation Canal Salinity Control Piping Project located in Delta County, Colorado. The project would replace approximately 6.1 miles of open irrigation ditch with buried pipe. The purpose of the project is to prevent seepage and reduce salinity […]