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Old 02-23-2012   #1
 
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Gunnison Whitwater Park Water Rights

http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts...ary%202012.pdf

The Upper Gunnison River Water Conservation District is applying for recreational flows at the whitewater park in Gunnison. FYI and cool.

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Old 02-23-2012   #2
 
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That is cool. In the document it listed the source water as the Gunnison River, but you know the sources are the East and the Taylor.....can I assume this means they will be maintaining these flows by doing releases from Taylor Park Reservoir?
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This is an application to make the conditional instream flow right that they already have absolute. Not huge news but good to see that they are following through with making the water right for the whitewater park permanent.
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Imeyers- this water right is junior to just about all rights on the Taylor and East, so this right does not allow the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy to force any current releases to continue or stop any existing diversions. It gives the UGRWC standing to object to any future diversion on the Taylor, East, or any of their tributaries that would reduce the flows on the Gunnison below the flows set forth in the instream flow right.
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Imeyers- this water right is junior to just about all rights on the Taylor and East, so this right does not allow the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy to force any current releases to continue or stop any existing diversions. It gives the UGRWC standing to object to any future diversion on the Taylor, East, or any of their tributaries that would reduce the flows on the Gunnison below the flows set forth in the instream flow right.
What about in a drought year? Say the river isn't flowing the 1200 cfs in June listed in the document, from what you said they wouldn't be able to get a release correct?....so this is just to prevent others from obtaining water rights that may reduce the flow at the park? sorry, just trying to understand.
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