August in the Basin: High and Dry!
Bountiful snowmelt and increased soil moisture conditions, resulted in “boomer” inflows, boosting basin reservoirs levels and causing an amazing recovery from last year’s low levels – this included Blue Mesa, Colorado’s largest reservoir – with over 160 percent of average inflow volume. Although most of the snow has melted, the Upper Basin rivers are still flowing at higher than average rates, even in the face of drying conditions (July and August precipitation has been generally below average).
Also, very importantly Lake Powell – the Upper Basin’s largest water storage and management facility received an inflow volume of 145% of average.
Current conditions and Aspinall Unit operations
Basin-wide Drought Contingency Plans signed and in effect
After approximately six years of negotiations, the Drought Contingency Plans (DCP) are now in effect. All seven basin states and the federal government have formally agreed to a series of steps designed to help protect reservoir levels in Lakes Powell and Mead. DCP provisions and signing ceremony
Colorado River Risk Study
To assess the risk of a “Compact Deficit” that could eventually lead to a curtailment, or restriction, of water diversions and use, the Colorado River Risk Study was commissioned by the Colorado River District and the Southwestern Water Conservation District. Following Phases I and II, released in 2016, 2018, respectively, Phase III is now nearing completion.
Read preliminary conclusions.
Join us for our next Gunnison River Basin Roundtable meeting!
Monday, September 16th
Holiday Inn, Montrose, CO
Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference, August 20-22, Steamboat Springs, CO
Gunnison River Festival, Rescheduled Events, August 24, Gunnison, CO
5th Annual Raft the River with RiversEdge West, August 24, Fruita, CO
The Wonders of Wetlands: A Wetland Workshop for Private Landowners, August 29, Pagosa Springs, CO
Cheatgrass Treatment – FREE Workshop, September 13, Gunnison, CO
Colorado River District Annual Water Seminar, September 18, Grand Junction, CO
Love Your Gorge, Uncompahgre River Gorge, September 21, Ouray, CO
San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference: Changing Approaches, September 24-26, Silverton, CO
C-9: Statewide Summit of Colorado’s 9 Basin Roundtables, September 25-26, Winter Park, CO
Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference – Water Education Colorado, October 8, Avon, CO
Restoration Getaway: Dolores River Volunteer Event, October 19-20, Dolores River, CO
9th Annual Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum – November 13-14, Grand Junction, CO
- US Department of Agriculture federal grants and loans
- Colorado Water Conservation Board state grants and loans
- Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program Colorado River Basin funding opportunity program open until September 20, 2019
- Additional Grant Funding Opportunities table
Additional Resources and Information
River levels and real-time data – Gunnison River Basin website.
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