The Gunnison Basin Selenium Management Program is a private/public partnership of concerned parties working together to identify and implement solutions to reduce selenium concentration in the Gunnison and Colorado rivers. The goal of the SMP is to reduce adverse effects of selenium on endangered fish species in the Gunnison and Colorado rivers.
This goal will be achieved by incorporating and accelerating ongoing irrigation system improvement efforts and other programs in the Uncompahgre Valley and other portions of the lower Gunnison River Basin to reduce the amount of selenium entering the river.
A work group was established in December 2009 charged with developing a program outline and implementation plan aimed at meeting state water quality standards for selenium and protecting endangered fish. The success of the SMP will greatly reduce the chance of future conflicts between endangered species protection and small and large water users in the basin.
Partners of the program include: the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado River Water Conservation District, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, the Shavano and Delta Conservation Districts, Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation.