Especially this year, the Gunnison River deserves a spring cleaning

GJ Sentinel Guest Column from TU's Colorado Water Project Director, Drew Peternell: This spring, for the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has an opportunity to provide the Gunnison River with a large flushing flow like those that occurred periodically prior to the construction of Blue Mesa, Morrow Point and Crystal reservoirs.

Thanks to the most significant snowpack in the Gunnison Basin in years, the bureau — the agency that manages the Aspinall Unit, as the three reservoirs are known — should have ample water to release a large flushing flow this spring to re-create more natural conditions downstream in the Gunnison River.