Gunnison River Basin News


Your Source for Information on Water Resources in the Gunnison River Basin
A Monthly Newsletter
november 2019
News, Events, and Funding Opportunities
From Your Friends In the
Gunnison River Basin

News from Around the Basin

Chavez to lead the Upper Gunnison Water Conservancy District
Sonja Chavez has been selected to serve as General Manager of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District.  When asked about her new role, Ms. Chavez said, “I look forward to working with my local community and our Upper Gunnison Board of Directors and staff to continue to ensure that all water needs within the Upper Gunnison basin are being addressed.”  Read more.

DD Passes – Sports Betting will fund the Water Plan 
Proposition DD passed by a narrow margin of 50.71% to 49.29%.  Estimates show that legalized gambling at casinos and through apps could eventually bring in $290 million in profit per year, producing $29 million annually to fund the Water Plan.  Read more.


Early Colorado Cold and Snow
October saw very cold temperatures and snow across Colorado. While storms took the state by surprise and snowpack is up, most
 of the state officially remains in a drought, according to the United States Drought Monitor. Read more.


Colorado River District News
The Fourth Quarterly Board Meeting summary of the Board of Directors for the Colorado River Water Conservation District includes an update on summer – early fall of flows of the Gunnison River.


Gunnison River Basin Roundtable News

Join us for our next Gunnison River Basin Roundtable meeting
Monday, November 18th, 4:00-7:00 pm
The BIP/Demand Management Committee will meet before
the Roundtable meeting from 1:30-3:30 pm

Holiday Inn, Montrose, CO


Happenings in the Gunnison River Basin and Beyond

Gunnison River Basin Roundtable – November 18, Montrose CO
West Slope Water Summit – November 19, Montrose, CO
Colorado Water Conservation Board Meeting – November 20 – 21, Denver, CO

SGM Fall Forum Series, Water & Wastewater – November 22, Glenwood Springs, CO
Water Availability Task Force Meeting – November 26, Denver, CO

The Ag Water Alliance Summit – December 2 – 3, Loveland, CO
Colorado River Water Users Association – December 11 – 13, Las Vegas, NV

Colorado Water Congress and Convention – January 29 – 31, Denver, CO
Riparian Restoration Conference – February 4 – 6, Grand Junction, CO
Snow School for Water Managers – February 19 – 21, Silverton, CO
Western Collaborative Conservation Network Confluence 2020 – March 10 – 12, Fort Collins, CO

Funding Opportunities in the Gunnison River Basin
Water projects that help improve and conserve water and land may be eligible for financial assistance. Visit our funding opportunities page for information on these and other resources.   

  • 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 Resources and Information
Links to Gunnison River Basin reservoir levels, river flows and an extensive database of ditches can all be found on our website.
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River Network map identifies organizations, projects, initiatives and legislative actions that help protect America’s waters

Contact us
We are always looking for feedback, water news, and event information. Please send thoughts and contributions to [email protected].  Thank you!