Gunnison River Basin News


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

From Your Friends In the
Gunnison River Basin

News from Around the Basin
Basin reservoirs operating to meet late season needs 

Taylor Park Dam 
Water releases from Taylor Park Reservoir, which filled the end of July, continue to decrease, in a slow and steady fashion.
Read more

Aspinall Unit
Blue Mesa
Reservoir reached 99% of full capacity on July 25. (827,000 acre feet). As of October 6, Water releases through Crystal Dam are approximately 1,450 cubic feet per second. Read more.


Climate drying after above average Water Year 2019 ends
Drought Conditions Return
Despite the encouraging very wet spring conditions, Colorado and the entire Inter-Mountain West is returning to drought conditions. Read More.

Other News
Montrose’s River Restoration Project Receives More Support
The Colorado Water Conservation Board awarded the City of Montrose $100,000 to support the restoration project on the Uncompahgre. Read more.

Washington Visits Western Colorado
Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, recently visited Western Colorado and toured Morrow Point Dam. “The Colorado River Storage Project is a great example of the vision and ingenuity of early resource managers in the West,” said Secretary Bernhardt. Read More.

Sports Betting and Colorado’s Water Plan
Sports betting and Colorado water aren’t usually two ideas you think of in the same sentence, but Proposition DD on November’s ballot ties them directly together.  The ballot issue proposes legalized sports betting in Colorado with 10% of the casino’s profits dedicated to funding Colorado’s Water Plan. Read more.

Curry weighs in on Water in Rural Colorado
In the October 1 edition of “Colorado Politics”, Kathleen Curry explores the Colorado River shortages, the water demands of Colorado’s ever-growing population, and the “eternal struggle over water.”  Read more.

Gunnison River Basin Roundtable News
The Gunnison Basin Roundtable currently has an opening for an at-large member. Read more about the position and application process.

Join us for our next Gunnison River Basin Roundtable meeting
Monday, November 18th, 4:00-7:00 pm
Holiday Inn, Montrose, CO

Happenings in the Gunnison River Basin and Beyond

Restoration Getaway: Dolores River Volunteer Event – October 19-20, Dolores River, CO
Water Law in A Nutshell – October 28, Durango, CO

Colorado WaterWise Conservation Symposium – October 30, Denver, CO

Southwestern Water Conservation District Annual Water Seminar – November 1, Durango, CO
Water in the West Symposium – November 6-7, Denver, CO
9th Annual Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum – November 13-14, Grand Junction, CO
Colorado Water Conservation Board Meeting – November 20-21, Denver, CO

CWCB Water Availability Task Force Meeting – November 29, Denver, CO

Colorado River Water Users Association – December 11-13, Las Vegas, NV

January 2020
Colorado Water Congress and Convention – January 29-31, Denver, CO

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:  

  • US Department of Agriculture federal grants and loans
  • Colorado Water Conservation Board state grants and loans 
  • Additional Grant Funding Opportunitiestable
Additional Resources and Information
River levels and real-time data – Gunnison River Basin website.
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patial and informational database of ditches in the state’s Water Resource Division 4
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