Montrose: Gunnison Tunnel 100th year celebration

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Montrose is gearing up for their celebration of 100 years of operation of the Gunnison Tunnel, from The Delta County Independent. From the article:

Celebrating 100 years of water provided by the Gunnison Tunnel, the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association (UVWUA) invites Montrose, Olathe and Delta community members and all Coloradoans, to join in fun activities culminating with the celebrations and ceremonies in Montrose at UVWUA headquarters on Saturday, Sept. 26…

Association manager Marc Catlin said the benefits of the tunnel to the Uncompahgre Valley cannot be overstated. “Opening the Gunnison Tunnel and then delivering the water to growers made this valley green while attracting a thriving population,” said Catlin. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the populations of both Delta and Montrose counties more than doubled between 1900, which the idea was first developed, and 1910, one year after the tunnel was completed. The data show that the decade of 1900-1910 saw the most significant population growth in the valley, ever.

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