Snowpack

July 5, 2015--California drought sends U.S. water agency back to drawing board (New York Times)

Drew Lessard stood on top of Folsom Dam and gazed at the Sierra Nevada, which in late spring usually gushes enough melting snow into the reservoir to provide water for a million people. But the mountains were bare, and the snowpack to date remains the lowest on measured record. “If there’s no snowpack, there’s no water,” said Mr.


June 20, 2015--"Miracle May" rescues regional water prospects (Pine River Times)

A "miracle May" has turned around grim water supply prospects for the region, at least for this year, several speakers told the Upper Colorado River Commission Thursday in Durango. The commission has one representative from each of the four Upper Colorado River Basin states (Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico) and one federal representative.


May 29, 2015--Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest (High Country News)

Much of Colorado has been getting soaked. "Last I checked we lived in a high mountain desert not a temperate rainforest," a friend of mine on the Western Slope quipped on Instagram, under a photo of two Adirondack chairs swallowed by grass higher than their arms. Here in New Mexico, people are getting grumpy.


May 22, 2015--‘Miracle May’ for Colorado 
water levels (Grand Junction Sentinel)

May showers are bringing a respite for Colorado River water managers worried about keeping enough water in Lake Powell to generate electricity. “This May has really been a miracle in Colorado,” said Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, Thursday at the Mesa County State of the Rivers discussion at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction.


May 15, 2015--Southwest reservoirs play catch-up (Durango Herald)

Colorado is slogging through a wetter-than-normal spring, with heavy rain restoring much-needed moisture to parched rangeland and sending some rivers over the banks. But the precipitation isn’t helping dry downstream states in the Southwest that rely on the Colorado River, which originates in western Colorado. The U.S.


April 11, 2015--Record low snowpacks in Southwest is bad news for water supplies (Environmental News Network)

Nine states report record low snowpacks. A report from the US Department of Agriculture states, “the largest snowpack deficits are in record territory for many basins,especially in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada where single – digit percent of normal conditions prevail.


April 10, 2015--Major water woes looming in the West (Summit Voice)

Federal water watchers say their April 1 readings show that precipitation thus far in the 2015 water year (beginning October 1, 2014) is now below normal over most of the West except for some northwestern areas and coastal Alaska. Snowpack has declined significantly since last month throughout the West due to the warm and dry March.


April 2, 2015--Colorado mountain snowpack low at 69 percent, raising water concerns (Denver Post)

Colorado's mountain snowpack is running low — around 69 percent of average — raising concerns about low streamflow during summer and potential strain on water supplies. A relatively hot, dry March took a toll, melting away snowpack from 87 percent at the end of February.

April 2, 2015--The potential impact of California's drought on Colo. (9 News)

New numbers out Thursday show Colorado's statewide snowpack has fallen. Preliminary estimates from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service show the state's snowpack is at 69 percent of average. The state's climatologist said Colorado will need to have a strong finish to the spring snow season in order to even approach our average snowpack.


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