From email from Reclamation (Dan Crabtree):
The Gunnison Tunnel continues to increase irrigation diversions from the Gunnison River and generally Crystal releases have been increased to satisfy this demand while maintaining flows in the Gunnison Gorge and Black Canyon in the 600 cfs range. The April 1st forecast from the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center is 560,000 ac-ft of unregulated inflow to Blue Mesa Reservoir during the April through July runoff period. This is down 10,000 ac-ft from the March mid-month forecast. If this forecast holds to May 1st , the Black Canyon water right one day spring peak target is about 3,900 cfs.
Don’t forget to put the Aspinall Operations meeting on your calendar for 1:00 p.m., April 22nd , to be held in Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office – Grand Junction, 2764 Compass Drive, Suite 106. We’ll be discussing spring operations and other Gunnison River basin water related activities The public is welcome.
Please contact Dan Crabtree (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or suggested agenda items.
More Aspinall Unit coverage here.