Snowpack news

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From the Steamboat Pilot & Today: “…the moisture stored in the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs already is above average. The Natural Resources Con servation Service is reporting that the combined Yampa and White river basins are standing at 108 percent of average moisture for this date…

“Moisture content ranges from a low of 93 percent of average at the old Columbine Lodge site on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass, to 120 percent of average at the Elk River measuring site on the western edge of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area in North Routt. Columbine is on the east side of the Continental Divide, and the water there runs away from the Yampa Valley, Jazwick said. Closer to home, at the Rabbit Ears site on the west side of the pass, moisture content is 110 percent of average at an elevation of 9,400 feet. Remote sensing devices mon itored by the NRCS show the snow depth at Rabbit Ears stood at 58.3 inches Monday, down from a recent high of 61.7 inches March 2. The fresh snow settled 1.3 inches between Sunday and Monday.”

Fountain Creek management

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Here’s a look at future plans for Fountain Creek, from Sean Hauser writing for From the article:

The agreement to improve Fountain Creek may eventually rely on fees and taxes paid by you. So we wanted to find out just what your money may be going toward.

“The area now isn’t to great, I don’t think,” said a Pueblo resident as she walked through Confluence Park on the cities east side. “This river has not been very clean at all.” Take one look at the water in Fountain Creek, and you’ll probably agree. It flows south from Colorado Springs to Pueblo, and over the years, as Colorado Springs grows larger, the water gets dirtier. “It would be nice if people would work together and try to keep it clean,” said the Pueblo woman.

Well that’s exactly what’s happening now, as Pueblo and El Paso County officials have teamed up to try and form a “Fountain District.” That way they can ask taxpayers to vote on small fees and tax increases for the project. They can then combine those fees with some extra grant money from the state and bring some new life to Fountain Creek. “Were talking water quality, improve the water quality, make sure that erosion is to a minimum, and make flood control a big issue,” explained Vera Ortegon, President of Pueblo City Council. Ortegon says that the project will not only improve the water quality of Fountain Creek, but it will also help prevent the creek from flooding. On top of that, Ortegon says a system of new trails and parks will make the area a great attraction and will eventually combine Colorado Springs to Pueblo.

More Coyote Gulch coverage here and here.