Gunnison Basin

June 2, 2012--How white water feeds Colorado's economy (Summit Daily)

White water rafting accounts for $155 million tourist dollars spent in Colorado in 2011. The biggest hitter is the Arkansas River, which pulls in over 200,000 user days per year. The Colorado Basin draws about 100,000, mostly in the area around Glenwood Canyon and upstream on the main stem of the river. The Gunnison Basin draws a respectable 20,000.


February 6, 2008--Is it time to buy flood insurance? (Crested Butte News)

The recent heavy snowfall and predictions of a warmer-than-average spring could be the recipe for flooding in the Gunnison Valley this spring, and several local insurance agencies have reported a growing interest in homeowners flood insurance. Higher than average temperatures could have a serious effect on the rate of spring run-off.


May 30, 2007--Water board chief retiring; critics pleased (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

Rod Kuharich, a focal point of Western Slope criticism on water, will retire as head of the Colorado Water Conservation Board at the end of June--much to the relief of his Western Slope critics. Kuharich came under fire last month from Western Slope legislators, who called on Gov.


April 17, 2007--State AG moves to gut Black Canyon accord (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The Colorado Attorney General has filed papers in state court that would gut agreements between the federal government and more than 100 Gunnison River Basin water users.


April 6,2007--Snowpack down, rivers up (Ouray Plaindealer)

...The National Weather Service prediction models point to above normal temperatures--and below normal precipitation--for April. May and June. The Gunnision basin is curretnly at 70 percent of average...The San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan river basins are at an alarming 58 percent of their average snow water equivalent.


February 21, 2007--Runoff concern has watch on water (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

Water managers worried about dismal spring runoff this year have cut back the amount of water released into the Gunnison River through Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park...The lack of snowpack on the Western Slope alarmed the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation so much that it cut water releases from the Aspinall Unit into the Gunnison River nearly in half.


February 7, 2007--Blue Mesa Level Right on Track (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

Thanks to some foresight last spring by the Bureau of Reclamation, Blue Mesa Reservoir filled last summer for the first time in seven years, which makes this winter's normal drawdown seem more drastic than it actually is...After the Blue Mesa flows were cut last November for the brown trout spawn, releases were increased to reach December target elevations to prevent icing problems upstream of Blu


February 3, 2007--Western Slope Starved for Water Despite Snow (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The 2007 water year began in October, and it looks like it's shaping up to be wetter than normal for Grand Junction, which has received 147 percent of its normal precipitation...But tha's deceiving because the area had an exceptionally wet October, followed by a series of drier months.


January 9, 2007--Possible Reservoir Feasibility Study Angers Some at Meeting (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

A possible $500,000 feasibility study for a Blue Mesa Reservoir pumpback proposal sparked the ire of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable members. Generally unhappy about the the possibility of water being pumped to the Front Range from Mesa Reservoir, roundtable members disagreed about the possibility without knowing whether there's enough water available to send over the Continential Divide.


January 9, 2007--Gunnison Basin Snowpack Slightly Below Average (Montrose Daily Press)

The Gunnison Basin is currently at 91 percent of its 30-year average for this time of year. The snowpack levels normally hit their peak on April 12th. Althugh the snowpack was slightly below average, year-to-date precipitation in the basin is 116 percent of average.


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