Aspinall Unit Reservoirs

Blue Mesa

Current Status

(Last Updated: August 11, 2016)

Crystal Dam is currently releasing 1800 cfs with 1000 cfs being diverted through the Gunnison Tunnel and approximately 850 cfs flowing through the Black Canyon.  The July unregulated inflow to Blue Mesa Reservoir was 81,000 af (69 percent of average) was below the forecasted volume of 94,000 af (80 percent of average).  As a result, the end of July reservoir elevation for Blue Mesa was 7512.31 feet and this was about 2 feet lower than was projected in the July 24-Month Study.   The peak elevation of Blue Mesa Reservoir for Water Year 2016 occurred on July 7, 2016 when the elevation reached 7515.98 feet above sea level.  This elevation corresponds to a live storage level of 798,702 acre-feet (96 percent of full capacity).

Inflows to Blue Mesa for the next three months are projected to be below average: with August, September and October forecasted inflow volumes of 45,000 af (71 percent of average), 34,000 af (89 percent of average) and 35,000 af (92 percent of average), respectively.

The Aspinall Unit Working Group is an open public forum for information exchange between Reclamation and the stakeholders of the Aspinall Unit.  The public is encouraged to attend and comments on the operations and plans presented by Reclamation at these meetings.  Meeting notes from past working Group meetings are posted on the Working Group webpage.  For more information on this group and these meetings please contact Erik Knight in the Grand Junction Area Office at (970) 248-0629.

The next meeting of the Aspinall Unit Working Group will be held on Thursday August 18th at 1:00 pm at the Elk Creek Visitor Center at Blue Mesa Reservoir.

To view the most current reservoir elevation, content, inflow and release, click on: Blue Mesa Reservoir Data or Crystal Reservoir Data. To view minutes from the last Aspinall meeting, click on: Meeting Notes.

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