Dolores River Basin

February 1, 2010--Southwest snowpack is looking good; rest of state, so-so (Denver Post)

Recent storms have boosted snowpack in southwest Colorado above average, but the statewide snowpack is still lagging. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says statewide snowpack was 87 percent of average as of Saturday. It was 108 percent of average in the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan basin and 111 percent of average for the Upper Rio Grande basin in southwest Colorado.


January 27, 2010--High stakes snow speculation: Gauging our water future (Crested Butte News)

As of January 25, the snow-water equivalent totals for the Gunnison River Basin were at 97 percent of average, according to data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Gunnison Basin stretches over 8,000 square miles of western Colorado, extending from the Continental Divide to the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers near Grand Junction.


May 22, 2008--Snowpack helps reservoirs (Durango Herald)

Overall, the snowpack in the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel basins stood at 93 percent of average Wednesday, said Mike Gillespie with the National Resources Conservation Service in Denver. It's been melting out pretty quickly down there. We've lost more than one-half of the maximum pack reached in mid-April, which was the equivalent of 28 inches of water," Gillespie said.


March 5, 2008--Area snowpack at 155% of average (Durango Herald)

Snowfall in the mountains of southern Colorado - including the Animas, Dolores and San Juan river basins - exceeds its average by more than any other area in the state, according to the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

The NRCS considers the Arkansas and Rio Grande river valleys as well as the three basins in Southwest Colorado as


January 15, 2008--Region's aquifer experiences recovery (Alamosa News)

“The good news is we did see a significant recovery last year,” Allen Davey reported to the Rio Grande Water Conservation District board during its first meeting of the year. Davey serves as the water district’s engineer.


January 4, 2008--Weather baffles forecasters (Durango Herald)

The winter of 2007-08 is off to a puzzling start in the minds of Colorado weather experts. "It's definitely got some of us scratching our heads," said Mike Gillespie, the snow survey supervisor for the U.S.


December 28, 2007--December snow not done yet (Durango Herald)

The early winter snow has belied fears that a La Niña weather pattern could create drought conditions in 2008. Snowpack levels in the Dolores, San Miguel, Animas and Upper Rio Grande river basins are between 120 percent and 150 percent of normal.


December 16, 2007--Recent storms increase snowpack sharply (Denver Post)

The South Platte River Basin, a major water supplier for the Front Range, went from 68 percent of the 30-year average on Dec. 2 to 94 percent Sunday morning. The Upper Colorado, a source for downstream states, went from 79 percent to 104 percent of the 30-year average.


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