What would the Gunnison Valley be like without the Gunnison River and its many tributaries? Simply stated, it would not exist. This is true geologically, of course, but the Gunnison River and its tributaries have also sustained life and many livelihoods in our community for over 150 years. This leads to the next question: will the water supply from the Gunnison River be sufficient to sustain current uses given projected population growth, warming temperatures trends, and unpredictable future hydrology happening within our valley, our state, and the greater Colorado River Basin into mid-century and beyond?
There are detailed records of historic water supplies and scientists and engineers have done their best to model future scenarios. These projections are only estimates, but they provide some guidance as to what we can expect. In general, they can be summed up in four words: increasing demand, decreasing supply.
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