Regional water managers reporting at the annual State of the River meeting in Montrose on May 31 see a fully adequate water year ahead, one which was characterized as "an average wet year."
Presenting an update on several local drainages, Bob Hurford, engineer for state water division 4, reported that the Uncompahgre River drainage "has a big snow pack."
Spring runoff has caused some minor flooding in the Delta area. Jeff Wright, director of emergency management for Delta County, said the Gunnison River water level is "significantly" higher than in past years, and exceeded projections due to a couple of complications.
On Sept. 17, representatives from the Western Slope Conservation Center (WSCC), Colorado Canyons Association (CCA), River Restoration Adventures for Tomorrow (RRAFT), and the Cross-Watershed Network (XWN) met up at the Cottonwood Grove campsite on the banks of the Lower Gunnison River near Delta to establish a common vision for future collaboration in the Gunnison Gorge and Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (NCA). These organizations work to provide educational opportunities, support river restoration projects, recruit volunteers and conduct citizen science along Western Colorado landscapes with a variety of partners including the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and community organizations.
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