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Old 03-14-2014   #11
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How's chukar road? Open? I know crystal road is closed still... That means a 7 mile hike to the put in... What a great flow to contemplate Ari in the upper section...

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Old 03-17-2014   #12
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Road was a bit muddy in a few spots. Some of the ruts were deep. We had zero issues. This was as of 3/14

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Old 03-17-2014   #13
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From BOR as of 3/17/2014:

Flows in the Gunnison River have dropped to ~350 cfs today to accommodate the sonar mapping exercise at the Crystal Dam stilling basin.

Maintenance and testing of both power generators at Blue Mesa Dam will also start today - this is scheduled to be finished within 10 days. During this time there will be no power generation at Blue Mesa Dam. In order to minimize the amount of bypass water at Blue Mesa Dam, releases at Crystal Dam will remain at 300 cfs until the Blue Mesa power plant is back online. Therefore flows in the Gunnison River through the Black Canyon will continue to be around 350 cfs until further notice.
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Old 03-17-2014   #14
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Ran it today, Chukar down. Maybe a total of 100' of mud on the road on one of the steep northern slopes. If you'd made it that far already you'd have no problem with the mud.

Missed the flow window on this go-round. Looking forward to the upcoming flush!
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Old 03-21-2014   #15
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I've heard from a ranger buddy that multiple catastrophic debris flows have dumped into the BLACK... All the heavy rain last fall.... He said lots of shit including trees are in the narrows and below.... Has anyone looked in there?... The recent 8 hundo may have flushed it a bit but maybe not... It makes me nervous thinking about dropping in... New wood has never been an issue.... It was fun to run drops blind, blue angel style.... THIS IS A HEADS UP FOR ANYBODY THINKING ABOUT DROPPING IN WHEN THE FLOWS COME BACK UP**** watch your ass in there!!! ****private brown 420 cb...
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Old 03-26-2014   #16
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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.

Erik Knight
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Old 03-26-2014   #17
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Thanks for keeping us in the loop.
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Old 03-26-2014   #18
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Cheers Erik for the update. Would love to see increased flows so we can get into the Black and have some fun
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Old 03-26-2014   #19
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Yes, thanks Edd for the updates!
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Old 03-27-2014   #20
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Sure is an incredible amount of snow in the central and western high elevations of Colorado! In contrast, hardly any on the Front Range just west of Denver and Colorado Springs. Gonna be a good year for the west slope rivers!

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