Originally Posted by asleep.at.the.oars
But the Gunnison is at 1000 and the Colorado at state line is 2000, so unless there's 900 cfs of irrigation run-off coming back into the river, that seems like an error. Anyone have a visual?
I have a visual and it's hard to believe. Places where there would be standing 4' waves at ~typical spring runoff wouldn't wet your ankles right now. I get that we're in a drought and they're filling all the upstream reservoirs, but that comes to your point about irrigation. It's all just running through the canals and back into the river (a few miles up from the state line) via Salt "creek" out of Highline Lake.
The Gunnison below its' diversion is running ~200: Enough to wet your ankles but probably not your calves.
If they'd sent the fish and other aquatic critters a memo to divert themselves into the ditches too, they might stand a chance.
On a side but similar note, I picked up a a Westwater permit for this Sunday. The Rangette I spoke with told me she had been briefed to tell boaters that the Colorado has already peaked for 2013.