UGRWCD Announces Contest Winners

The Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District (UGRWCD) has selected Teresa Golden of Gunnison as the winner of their World Water Day Photo Contest.  Teresa submitted a selection of photos taken in the Gunnison River valley including one of an eagle flying over the Gunnison River, another of two moose in Taylor Reservoir and another of big horn sheep at the river’s edge, to name a few.  Teresa was awarded gift cards to Gene Taylor’s and The Dive in Gunnison.

World Water Day is celebrated annually on March 22nd and was first held in 1993 as a day of observance by the United Nations focusing on the importance of freshwater worldwide.  Each year a theme is chosen for the day of celebration and this year’s theme is “Valuing Water.”

“Teresa’s photos are beautiful examples of how much we value our reservoirs, rivers and streams in this valley,” said Sonja Chavez, general manager of the UGRWCD.

The UGRWCD also selected Judy Bratcher of Lake City as the winner of their Drought Slogan Contest.  Judy’s winning submission is “Water, it doesn’tgrow on trees!” Judy’s slogan, along with a new graphic of a tree with water droplets instead of leaves, will be printed on promotional products like yard signs, water bottles, stickers and bags.

“We all thought Judy’s slogan was a catchy way to get across the point that, water is a limited resource for us and that we can’t behave like it grows on trees,” said Chavez.  “Hopefully, with this messages being posted all over the valley, it will be a regular reminder for us all to be mindful of our water use, especially during this time of drought, and that we can all be Upper Gunnison Water Heroes.”

The UGRWCD will be seeking volunteers to help distribute the products throughout the District later this Spring.  If you’d like to help, please call the District at (970)641-6065.

World Water Day 2021

World Water Day 2021

SHARE YOUR BEST WATER PHOTOS AND VIDEOS WITH UGRWCD FOR WORLD WATER DAY MARCH 22

In celebration of World Water Day 2021, the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District is hoping you will share your best water-related photos and videos (10 seconds or less) taken in the Gunnison River Basin.  Winners will be selected from a variety of categories, including recreation, agriculture, scenery, and flora and fauna.  Winners will receive $25 gift certificates to area businesses.

World Water Day is celebrated annually on March 22nd and was first held in 1993 as a day of observance by the United Nations focusing on the importance of freshwater worldwide.  Each year a theme is chosen for the day of celebration and this year’s theme is “Valuing Water.”

“We are so fortunate to live in this beautiful area where we have access to fresh water for our daily personal use, agriculture, recreation, industry and so much more.  Over 2.2 billion people in our world are not so fortunate,” said Sonja Chavez, general manager of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District. “Along with our efforts to safeguard this critical resource and promote the value of water in our basin, we also want to celebrate what it means to the people of our valley and what better way than through pictures and videos.”

Submissions are due on March 15, 2021 and can be emailed to: sue@ugrwcd.org.  Winning submissions will be posted on and shared with the media beginning on March 22nd for World Water Day and continue throughout the year.  For more information, contact the District at (970)641-6065.

GUNNISON HIGH STUDENTS PRESENT AT HEALTHY RIVERS YOUTH WATER SUMMIT

Congrats to Gunnison High School students Kevin Meza and Josh Brockschmidt on a GREAT Colorado RiverSCAPE presentation about Tomichi Creek for the Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit! It was an informative, thought provoking address about our watershed. These young men clearly demonstrated their understanding of the science behind their subject and how to conduct a research project.  Kudos, too, to their teacher, Krystal Brown, for educating our future leaders about these important water issues and conservation. Our future looks bright!