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



Project # 517


Land Areas (1992)
Irrigable area:
Full Irrigation Service0 acres
Supplemental Service9.436 acres
Temporary Irrigation Service0 acres
Number of Irrigated Farms144
Residential, Commercial, Industrial Lands43 acres
Total Irrigable Lands9,479 acres


Population Served:
Farm Population Served504
Non-Farm Population Served240
Total Population Served744

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

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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

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 Season137 days
Elevation of irrigable area5,450 - 7,200 ft


Drainage area near Crawford, Colorado42 mi2
Annual discharge1 
Maximum - 194252,600 acre-ft
Minimum - 195412,700 acre-ft
Average32,000 acre-ft

1 Includes Saddle Mountain Ditch diversions which bypass the gaging station.

Iron Creek
Drainage area above Crawford Dam74 mi2
Annual discharge 
Maximum - 191218,300 acre-ft
Minimum - 19547,000 acre-ft
Average12,200 acre-ft

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Project Water Quality

North Fork Gunnison

Upper Gunnison

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Facilities in Operation
Storage Dams1
Diversion Dams1
Canals8.65 mi

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Storage Facilities

Crawford Dam

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Diversion Facilities
Smith Fork Diversion Dam
TypeEarth dike with concrete ungated ogee crest
LocationOn Smith Fork Creek, 3 miles northeast of Crawford, Colorado.
Year Completed1962, modified 1967
Height above streambed10 ft
Weir crest length34.6 ft
Crest elevation6,713.0 ft
Length790 ft
Volume5,900 yd3
Headworks:One 5 ft by 4 ft slide gate and concrete box
Diversion capacity80 cfs

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Carriage Facilities
Smith Fork Feeder Canal
LocationNear Crawford, Colorado, from Smith Fork Diversion Dam southwesterly to Crawford Reservoir.
Construction period1961-1962
Length2.4 mi
Diversion capacity80 cfs
Typical section, earth lined: 
Bottom width8 ft
Side slopes2:1
Water depth3 ft


Aspen Canal
LocationIn the vicinity of Crawford, running northerly from Crawford Reservoir.
Construction period1961-1962
Length5.8 mi
Diversion capacity125 cfs
Typical section, earth lined: 
Bottom width10 ft
Side slopes1.5:1
Water depth4 ft


Clipper Canal
LocationIn the vicinity of Crawford, branching from Aspen Canal to the west.
Construction period1961-1962
Length0.45 mi
Diversion capacity60 cfs
Typical section, earth lined: 
Bottom width7 ft
Side slopes2:1
Water depth2.5 ft

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Last updated: May 17, 2011