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Low level of Blue Mesa Reservoir exposed foundations of old towns in Gunnison County, Colorado
1/13/2022 12:43:56 AM

Society & Public Health
Water Supply & Quality
Gunnison County, CO

Start Date: 10/1/2021 - End Date: 1/12/2022
Blue Mesa Reservoir was more than 80 feet below full pool in late 2021 after its water was released downstream for Lake Powell. The water receded into its old river channel on the eastern edges, exposing foundations from the town of Iola and Stevens Ranch. Gunnison Country Times (Colo.), Jan 12, 2022