We know there is a lot of interest concerning peak flow operations on the Gunnison River this year. Reclamation would like to assure you that we are taking all flow and timing requests seriously and doing our best to weigh all issues. Timing of the peak operation is dependent on many factors including tributary flows, flooding considerations, and maximizing downstream benefits. Thanks for your patience as we watch these factors and set the timing of the peak operations. As soon as we know, you’ll know.
Flow Update – After further data analysis we found it prudent to increase releases from the Aspinall Unit to assist in accommodating the larger forecasted runoff. Consequently releases from Crystal Reservoir will be increased by 200 cfs per day through May 14th. At that time, flows in the Black Canyon and Gunnison Gorge will be about 3,150 cfs. Again, the one day peak target for the Black Canyon water right is now 6,800 cfs.