Photo by Hank Lohmeyer
Running on low
Anecdotal reports from river floaters and fishermen that the Gunnison River is at the lowest stage in memory are supported by data from the Cedaredge water commissioner’s office. Average flows at Delta this time of year are 3,000 cubic feet per second, water managers report. Last week, on June 6, only 629 cfs were flowing at Delta. Current contingency planning includes one option for drawing down Grand Mesa reservoirs to levels that could provide emergency reserves in 2013 if next winter’s snowpack fails. Meanwhile, though low water river floating isn’t the greatest, Gunnison River fishing has been reported good. Photo taken at the SH65 bridge.