Colorado Water Levels Prompt Concern

While winter snow pack was above average in the Colorado Mountains through January, dry conditions in February and March have prompted concern among water officials. According to the USDA’s Snow Survey and Water Forecasting Team, the state is now reliant on future participation to maintain above average water levels. Spring run off in Colorado is dependent on when the mountain basins reach peak snow pack.  For example, because the combined Yampa-White-North Platte River Basins hit peak snow-pack so early this year, the runoff may be diminished throughout the spring and summer.  While Colorado gets around 21% of its precipitation in April and May, dry conditions to start the year have put the state’s water levels in a precarious position.  Colorado must now rely on future precipitation to avoid potential problems.

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