As many of you know, the Upper Colorado River, from Gore Canyon to Glenwood Springs, is currently being reviewed for inclusion into the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act as part of the BLM's new Management Plan for the area.American Whitewater - Project - Colorado River (CO)
Northern Water, Denver Water, and the East Slope Water Providers have recently suggested that flows in the W7S eligible segments be managed at 700-1300 cfs during paddling season, allowing them to capture all of their conditional water rights in the upper basin from C-BT, Windy Gap, Moffat, Green Mountain Reservoir and other systems. At risk is the current range of paddling opportunties in the Upper basin from Gore thru Shoshone (not to mention critical flows for fish, wildlife, and vegetation). Folks may think this is too much water for Gore, but remember that Pumphouse and State Bridge will be impacted by future flow management targets as well.
American Whitewater has been working for two years to identify and protect flows in the four W&S study segments. We have been in over 100 negotiations with the Water Providers, BLM, CO River District and local counties in order to protect the river and your favorite whitewater runs.
It looks as though we will have support from the stakeholders for flows at the Kremmling Gauge during the Gore Canyon Festival at around 1100-1300 cfs in the third week of August. We are still working hard to protect high flushing flows in May and June that will allow for standard whitewater opportunities around 1500 and high water challenge above 3500cfs.
As for Gore Fest, AW would like to reach out to Timberline and others who would be leading the planning for the 09 event. The river is at great risk in these times, and AW would like the opportunity to help host a celebration on one of the greatest stretches of class V in the State.
So the question is...who's talking about GF'09?