Why the Lower Gunnison Project?

Map of Lower Gunnison Project Areas


By modernizing irrigation water conveyance and delivery systems, agricultural water users will minimize losses, stretch water supplies and increase efficiencies. When combined with enhanced reservoir operations, the Lower Gunnison Project will increase agricultural production, enhance streamflows and increase water quality by reducing salinity and selenium concentrations, thus improving river habitat and soil health.




Lower Gunnison Project Summary (2015 NRCS RCPP) 

Now completed, the LGP supported a total of seven off-farm projects and 15 on-farm construction
projects. These were distributed within the following four sub watersheds or “focus” areas within the
Lower Gunnison River Basin:

1. North Fork Water Conservancy District (NFWCD)
2. Uncompahgre Project
3. Crawford Water Conservancy District (CWCD)
4. Bostwick Park Water Conservancy District (BPWCD)

A total of $16,811,896.70 of combined federal NRCS and partnership funds were expended to bring this
project to completion.

View complete project report below:


Project Fact Sheet
Regional Conservation Partnership Program Award Press Release
National Resources Conservation Service Regional Conservation Partnership Program (NRCS RCPP) Prime Award
  (40 MB file) 

Seminar Presentation, Dave Kanzer, Deputy Chief Engineer, Colorado River District


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