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Gunnison Basin Roundtable Meeting Agenda March 19, 2018 Holiday Inn Express Montrose, CO 4:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   Roll Call/Introductions Agenda Approval Approve Minutes from January 15, 2018 Meeting Welcome to Jonathan Houck, Gunnison County Representative Report from Educational Committee Report from Basin Implementation Plan Committee Report from IBCC Representatives Report from CWCB Representative Colorado River Issue Background (Eric Kuhn, John McClow) Drought Contingency Planning and Colorado River Risk Study (John Carron) West Slope Four […]

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 […]

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 […]

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