Gunnison River Basin News

Monthly Newsletter 
News, Events and Funding Opportunities
February’s Flurries and Flakes

The Gunnison Basin snowpack is tracking within the ‘normal range’ for this time of year, however forecasters are predicting slightly below average water supply conditions at this point – but stay tuned it is early and conditions are very likely to change!


A quick look around the state shows snow pack conditions are best to the north.






Drought conditions ‘hangover’ much of the state mostly due to dry soils and the ‘nonsoon’, last summer and fall

February Funding Announcements & News
Attention K-12 teachers in the Gunnison River Basin – NEW financial assistance for water education now available (for example: bring your students to the Eureka Science Museum in Grand Junction). Please visit our website for more information. Please share with your colleagues

The Gunnison Basin Roundtable is seeking a Local Expert to support the Roundtable in updating their Basin Implementation Plan. Submission date is February 28, 2020.  More information.

2020 Funding Assistance Program – funding available for enhancing water supply or improving stream conditions. Submission date is February 28, 2020.

New Study Projects Severe Water Storage in the Colorado River Basin
The loss of the reflective snowpack drives evaporation and reduces the flow of water, the study found.

The 40 million people who rely on Colorado River water need to prepare for a drier future.



Report: Colorado’s Farm Water Use Exceeds National Average, Despite Efforts to Conserve 
Farm water is critical to Colorado’s effort to balance a growing population with a water system stressed by drought and climate change. Farmers are the largest users of water in Colorado and other Western states.   -More-

Upper Gunnison Water Conservancy District
Board of Directors and Public Meeting
District Offices
210 West Spencer, Suite B
Gunnison, CO
February 24th – 5:30 pm


More Funding Opportunities in the Gunnison River Basin
Funding opportunities for water projects that help improve and conserve water and land resources can be found on, including:  

  • Colorado Water Plan Grants
  • US Department of Agriculture federal grants and loans
  • Colorado Water Conservation Board state grants and loans 

Do you know a high school student interested in Western water issues? Encourage them to apply for the Diana Hoppe Memorial Scholarship. Read More.

Additional Water Related Events
CMU Water Series – Water Quality – February 25, Grand Junction, CO
Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture – February 26, Denver, CO
Western Places/Western Spaces Conference – March 5-6, Denver, CO
Winter Wildlife Tour at Brown Mountain – March 7, Ouray, CO
Fire Mountain Canal and Reservoir Company Board Meeting – March 12, Hotchkiss, CO
Western Collaborative Conservation Network Confluence 2020 – March 10-12, Ft. Collins, CO
Colorado Water Conservation Board Meeting – March 11-12, Lakewood, CO (listen remotely, if desired)
Water Law in a Nutshell– March 16, Grand Junction, CO
Gunnison Basin Roundtable Meeting – March 16, Montrose, CO
Tri-County Water Conservancy District Board Meeting – March 18, Montrose, CO
Upper Gunnison Water Conservancy District Board Meeting – March 30, Gunnison, CO

River Resources and Social Media Information
River levels and real-time data – Gunnison River Basin website.
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