Area Water Managers Scrambling

Water managers across the region are scrambling to meet demands as much needed precipitation is lacking, while groundwater, reservoir, and river levels continue to decline. As an example, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) recently had to stock rainbow trout from their hatchery in Durango to area reservoirs earlier than usual. This was necessary because of very low water conditions at the hatchery. According to Jim White, aquatic biologist with the CPW, the Durango hatchery requires about 1000-1200 gallons of water per minute from groundwater sources to supply their operations. "The groundwater table was so low this winter that flows dropped to less than 800 gallons per minute" said White, and therefore we had to release some of the fish planned for summer stocking early.