Water Quality

Water is an extremely valuable natural resource of Delta County. Delta County Environmental Health program partners with private and local, state and federal entities to maintain and improve water quantity and quality in the County. The Delta Board of County Commissioners is dedicated to preserving the quality and quantity of the water resources of Delta County and has therefore entered into a long-term research project to study the hydrology and science of water in the County.

Water Planning

A Delta County ground water planning area map was created to classify ground water resources.

GIS-Based Hydrological and Environmental Systems Analysis (HESA) studies
Phase l - Oak Mesa Report, Oak Mesa Presentation
Phase 2 - North Fork Report, North Fork-Gunnison River Presentation, North Fork-Terraces Presentation
Phase 3 – Surface Creek
Phase 4 – Uncompahgre River Valley
Colorado Water Data Sharing Network
Rogers Mesa Groundwater Report

Colorado Water Quality Control

The Colorado Water Quality Control Commission is the administrative agency responsible for developing specific state water quality policies of the State of Colorado Water Quality Control Act. The Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulates and implements the standards for surface and ground waters of the state set forth by the Commission and State Legislature.

Colorado Division of Water Resources

The Colorado Division of Water Resources (Office of the State Engineer) is an agency within the Department of Natural Resources providing administration of Colorado's water resources to meet the demands of today, and to provide for the needs of tomorrow. The agency works on basin of origin issues, issues involving federally-reserved water rights, wetlands and endangered species recovery, as well as interstate water issues.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Resources Division

The USGS has been studying our nation's water resources for the last century. Their webpage can give you historical, periodic, and real-time information on many of the streams and rivers in the United States. They also have many water related studies and reports available for viewing.

Selenium Management

Multiple efforts to address elevated selenium concentrations in the Lower Gunnison and Coloradoi Rivers with Colorado are ongoing.  
The most active effort is related to the Selenium Management Program (SMP) facilitated by the US Bureau of Reclamation.  More information can be found on the Gunnison River Basin website.