Aspinall Project Notices

Blue Mesa

Project Notices

Aspinall Unit
Crystal Reservoir Releases - Revised
May 25, 2016

The spring peak operation is nearing conclusion as the downstream target flows have been achieved. Yesterday afternoon, May 24th, the ramp down of releases at the Aspinall Unit began with the end of bypasses at Morrow Point Dam. Powerplant releases at Morrow Point Dam are being reduced today and tomorrow and the spill at Crystal Dam is expected to endtomorrow, May 26th. Releases from Crystal Dam will then be reduced over the next 6 days, until a final release of 1,500 cfs is reached on June 1st. At this release rate, flows in the Gunnison River through the Black Canyon are expected to be around 800 cfs to 900 cfs.

For questions or concerns regarding these operations contact:

Erik Knight at (970) 248-0629 or e-mail at
Ryan Christianson at (970) 248-0652 or e-mail at


Please contact the Operations Group via e-mail at for additional information.

Last Updated: 5/26/16