Colorado Flood Task Force: 2009 kick-off meeting

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From email from the Colorado Water Conservation Board:

The 2009 kick-off meeting of the Colorado Flood Task Force will be held on March 12th from 9:00am to 11:30am at the Natural Resources Conservation Service Headquarters in conference room One West. The agenda, including directions, will be posted on the CWCB website.

If you have any questions, please contact Joe Busto at 303-866-3441 ext. 3209 or by email at

Groundwater recharge

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A while back Mary Lou Smith (Aqua Engineering) reminded me in email to link to the final report on the September 2007 groundwater recharge conference. The report was approved in December by Harris Sherman and the Department of Natural Resources staff.

Here’s the link:

Update: The link below is now correct. I apologize for the confusion.

Legal and Institutional Opportunities for Aquifer Recharge and Storage in Colorado‐‐An Interactive Forum

Here’s my recap of the meeting from Coyote Gulch. More coverage here, here, here, here and here.

Snowpack news

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Here’s an update on the northern Colorado snowpack from Colin Lindenmayer writing for the Greeley Tribune. From the article:

The Natural Resources Conservation Service released snowpack information for February this week, and so far, not much of it is conclusive. Conservation Service rangeland management specialist John Fusaro said the figures are more telling after March’s snowfall has been included. “Usually it’s March that pays the bills, so to speak,” he said.

Still, February’s numbers reveal that snow-water equivalency is down from this time last year in eight of the nine locations surveyed. Fusaro warned that the more important numbers are the percentages compared to the 30-year average, in which case six locations are at 100 percent or more…

» WHAT’S UP: Of the locations surveyed, all with elevations of 9,500 feet and higher are at 100 percent or more than their 30-year averages.

» WHAT’S DOWN: While Big South, Bear Lake, Joe Wright Reservoir, Deadman Hill, Cameron Pass and Willow Park have more snowpack than their 30-year averages, all but Bear Lake have less at this point than they did last year.

» WHAT IT MEANS: Theoretically, there should be less available water for irrigation than a year ago, but more than there usually is. However, because March typically provides a high percentage of snow, these readings are not as indicative as next month’s will be.