From the Montrose Daily Press (Elaine Hale Jones):
…as far as predicting the weather, statistics gathered in January and February typically tell the story for the remainder of the year. “So far, things look dry for the future,” said Dan Crabtree, water management group chief for the Bureau of Reclamation in Grand Junction. “We’re right on the cusp of being below average in precipitation.”
The Uncompahgre Valley is part of the Gunnison River Basin, which encompasses 8,000 square miles and extends from the Continental Divide to Grand Junction, where it joins the Colorado River. The major water development feature in the basin is the Aspinall Unit of the Colorado River Storage Project (the Blue Mesa, Crystal and Morrow Point reservoirs). Other water-development projects in the area include the Dallas Creek Project (Ridgway Dam and Reservoir), Silver Jack Reservoir and Taylor Park Reservoir, all administered by the federal Bureau of Reclamation.