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Project Data
Land Areas (1992)
Area Irrigated and Crop Value



Project # 270


Land Areas (1992)
Irrigable area:
Full Irrigation Service0 acres
Supplemental Service2,650 acres
Temporary Irrigation Service0 acres
Number of Irrigated Farms122
Residential, Commercial, Industrial Lands40 acres
Total Irrigable Lands2,690 acres


Population Served:
Farm Population Served482
Non-Farm Population Served618
Total Population Served1,100

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Area Irrigated and Crop Value
YearActual Area Irrigated (Acres)Crop Value (Dollars)

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Project Water Supply
Project Water Quality



Project Water Supply

Current Conditions


Gunnison River at Delta, Colorado (USGS)
Streamflow Forecast Map

Spring and Summer (NRCS)
Snowpack Information

Mountain Snowpack Maps for Colorado River Basin (NRCS)
Drought Index

Palmer Drought Index Map

Annual Precipitation

Normal8.93 in
Maximum - 197317.46 in
Minimum - 19664.65 in
Delta, Colorado 1961-1990 


Mean Annual50.5 ?F
Daily Maximum - 07/12/1900109 ?F
Daily Minimum - 01/07/1913-36 ?F
Delta, Colorado 1900-1996 
Growing Season183 days
Elevation of irrigable area5,400 ft

Direct flows in Alfalfa Run and diversions from Surface Creek and Dry Creek. Annual inflow to Fruitgrowers Reservoir during 1946-1955 was 7,400 acre-ft, part of which was required to satisfy direct flow rights.

Drainage area above Fruitgrowers Damsq mi
Annual discharge 
Maximum acre-ft

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Facilities in Operation
Facilities in Operation
Storage Dams1
Diversion Dams1
Canals3 mi

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Storage Facilities

Fruitgrowers Dam

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Diversion Facilities
Dry Creek Diversion Dam
TypeConcrete overflow ogee weir
LocationOn Dry Creek, about 6 miles northeast of Austin, Colorado.
Year Completed1940
Structural height13 ft
Hydraulic height5 ft
Weir crest length36 ft
Crest elevation5,619.5 ft
Volume200 cu yd
Sluiceway:Concrete, one 6- by 9-ft radial gate.
Headworks:Concrete, one 8-ft-square radial gate.
Diversion capacity100 cfs

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Carriage Facilities
Dry Creek Canal
LocationFrom Dry Creek Diversion Dam west to Fruitgrowers Reservoir.
Construction period1940
Length3 mi
Diversion capacity100 cfs
Typical section in earth: 
Bottom width8 ft
Side slopes1.5:1
Water depth2.4 ft

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Last updated: May 10, 2011