3/26/2014 Update On Flows below Crystal Dam from BOR
The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association (UVWUA) is planning their seasonal start up of irrigation diversions through the Gunnison Tunnel on Thursday morning, March 27th. Initial diversions will start at 100 cfs. Reclamation will increase releases at Crystal Dam to provide water for these diversions while maintaining the current flow rate in the Gunnison River. Current flows in the river through the Black Canyon are around 380 cfs and should be unchanged during this operation.
It is expected that irrigation diversions will continue to increase over the next week and releases from Crystal Dam will increase accordingly. Also, once maintenance is completed at the Blue Mesa Dam power plant, releases from Crystal Dam may increase beyond the Gunnison Tunnel diversion requirement, resulting in increased flows in the Gunnison River through the Black Canyon. This could occur by the end of this week.
Bureau of Reclamation