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Old 09-14-2005   #1
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Gunnison Recreational flow idea

Probably been talked about before, but...

Its such a shame to see a measly 500 cfs running through the black canyon and the gunny gorge, especially when not a lot is running. I know that they are holding back flows for conservation of water etc, but it would seem to me that if they released 100 cfs lower all week, that they could bump it up on the weekend for a day to 1000 or so. I know the fishermen want it constant, but this seems like something AW or CWWA could help with. Or they could have one release weekend a month and jack up the flow to 2500 cfs or so. I know that there are lots of power and water issues, but it seems a shame to not be able to get some kick ass recreation flows on such a gem.

Could this happen? How would you do it?

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Old 09-14-2005   #2
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sounds good to me but you have a lot of hurdles. start by asking the bureau of reckless damnation if that would be a big deal (probably yes). then talk to aw, kent ford, etc to see if outside pressure would help motivate them etc. someone with enough time and motivation might be able to make it happen.

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Old 09-15-2005   #3
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Water law is so messed up in Colorado, AW has yet to make any headway.
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Old 09-17-2005   #4
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fishermen and hikers camp on those shores. Its a narrow waterway. A quick bump of 2000cfs would put a lot of people in the water unawares.
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Old 09-17-2005   #5
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I'd like to see AW do a flow study with 800, 1200, and 1600. Take the two best flows (that work for gorge and black boaters alike) and release in Sept and Oct weekends. I'm sure it would take tons of work, but it would be worth it. From what I've heard above 1600 it gets meaty in the black. Also, It's not like its unrunnable at 500 if you dont have anything else to do. Most beautiful place in Colorado!
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