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April 11, 1956: Central Utah Project Authorization

April 11, 1956: The Central Utah Project (CUP) was authorized under the Colorado River Storage Act. “The CUP is a water resource development project that provides water supplies to the central portion of the state of Utah. 283 more words


Reclamation Signs Lease of Power Privilege with the Northern Water Hydropower Water Activity Enterprise for Granby Dam in Colorado #ColoradoRiver

Here’s the release from the Bureau of Reclamation (Patience Hurley):

Reclamation announced today that Great Plains Regional Director Michael J. Ryan signed a Lease of Power Privilege for Granby Dam located near Granby, Colorado.

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Colorado Water

"First and foremost, Western water is about politics, not policy" -- Dan Beard #ColoradoRiver

From KUER (Judy Fahys):

The West used to solve its water troubles with dams. But now Dan Beard. a man who used to lead the nation’s dam-building agency, wants to shutter it.

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Colorado Water

Aspinall Unit update: The Gunnison Tunnel to turn on Tuesday

From email from Reclamation (Erik Knight):

Releases from Crystal Dam will be increased from 500 cfs to 600 cfs on Tuesday, March 31st at 9:00 AM.

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Colorado Water

The Law of the River: Compact and Development

This is the first in a series of blog posts that will explore records held by the Utah State Archives that help illuminate the story of Utah’s role in the larger western movement to tame and develop the Colorado River as a vital resource in the arid west. 1,928 more words


Aspinall Unit forecast for spring operations

From email from Reclamation (Erik Knight):

The March 15th forecast for the April – July unregulated inflow volume to Blue Mesa Reservoir is 590,000 acre-feet. This is 87% of the 30 year average.

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Colorado Water

No Federal Water for California Farmers

California facing worst drought in  160 years

The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that many California farmers will not receive federal water imports for the second consecutive year because of the persistent drought. 198 more words

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