Statewide Snowpack Readings
measured in percent of annual averages
This year has been one filled with lot's of powder up in the Hills and lot's of flip flop wearing around the Front Range area due to warmer weather. Every weekend up in the Mountains it's been dumping and dumping snow! Down in Denver it has ranged from 60' at Christmas, 70's in February to 80's in March?? Little strange but I'll take it. Nonetheless we'll have plenty of water pumping out of the Mountains this year and a more than adequate supply of water for our rivers and lakes.
I spoke with Susan Cassel, a BLM director in the Kremmling offices last week regarding runoff and expected river levels ahead for the Spring. She anticipates a great year and they're already bumping up the Blue River from Green Mtn with some incredible flows to make it down the Canyon this Summer and for the Colorado River basin.
Gunnison 158 126 122 115%
Colorado 147 135 128 130%
S. Platte 126 120 121 123%
N. Platte 147 132 131 135%
Yampa-White 145 126 124 131%
Arkansas 105 103 108 103%
Rio Grande 107 80 88 76%
San Juan* 144 106 97 86%
State 136 117 115 113%
Video Courtesy of KSL.comColorado River Water Crisis Averted this Year!
Kara Lamb also from the BLM office sent this to me today:
We plan on spending time in May on the public meeting circuit, sharing our projections for run-off. Last night, we presented our projections for Granby and Willow Creek releases, and a little on Green Mountain, in Granby, Colo. Our next stop will be Tuesday, May 3 at the River District's annual State of the River meeting for the Blue River (including Green Mountain). That will be in Frisco--visit http://www.crwcd.org/page_115 for more information. We might have some other meetings, as well. I'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, if you would like a copy of our presentations, please let me know. Please keep in mind, though, that the data we present at public meetings is all projection and subject to change.
Other Reclamation data on snow pack and reservoir water levels is available at: http://www.usbr.gov/gp/hydromet/curres_google.htm?lat=39.0959&lng=-105.5313&zoom=7 http://www.usbr.gov/gp/lakes_reservoirs/colorado_lakes.htm.
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