the big meadow there below harmels just sold for $20 and half million bucks, the developer wants to put "as many as 60" houses in said property, but thats on river right. he wants to drain more water from spring creek, and possibly the taylor, because the ranch he bought has some VERY senior water rights. not sure if thats tied into the same project. theres not much in the way for water to really "go anywhere" out of the valley bottom, chances are whatever water gets diverted will ultimately make it back to the river.
the permits are likely legit and kosh. serious doubts about the legal boatability of said diversion.
taylor river water is the main source of gunnison river water for the 10 months of non-flood season, they have to keep water flowing into blue mesa for continuation of flows downstream in morrow pt, crystal, etc, so the senior water right there likely will ensure that the level doesn't get disturbed too much. and anyway, its only the lower that affected, and its not even that much of a worry.
they are working on psychadelic falls right now (the diversion drop below the gunny park) and they scaled back releases through the taylor but i dont think that has anything to do with it.
ill drive up there today and ask around
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