Snowpack (runoff) news

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From the Telluride Daily Planet (Reilly Capps):

The government’s National Resources Conservation Service put out the winter wrap up Tuesday. Mike Gillespie is the snow survey supervisor for the NRCS. “Statewide, it was a fairly good year, allowing us to at least reach an average snowpack by mid-April, when it really counts,” said Gillespie. That means, above all, that farmers should have no problems irrigating their fields this summer. More than 90 percent of the state’s water is used for agriculture…

After a snowy December that skiers loved and snowplow drivers loathed, the southwestern part of the state, including the San Juan, Animas, Dolores and San Miguel river basins, had four consecutive below-average snow months, Gillespie said. Big storms hit as the Telluride ski area closed, and the snowpack nudged up to 93 percent of average in early April. But it couldn’t quite get to average…

The snowpack [in the San Juans) had since fallen to 58 percent of average yesterday.

From the Boulder Daily Camera:

The South Platte River Basin, which covers Boulder County and surrounding areas, was the only major basin still reporting 100 percent of average on May 1. That could also mean big runs in local waters such as Boulder Creek, Clear Creek and the St. Vrain River.

From the Durango Herald:

As of Friday, the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel river basins recorded only 60 percent of their average 30-year snowpack…

The other seven major river basins recorded from 79 to 101 percent of their average snow accumulation. “Snowpack accumulations reached their maximum seasonal totals during April and exceeded the average seasonal maximum in all of the state’s major river basins with the exception of one,” the release said. As a result of wet storms, the peak snowpack statewide, reached April 19, was 109 percent of average, the NRCS release said.

Reservoirs in Southwest Colorado held 110 percent of average storage Friday, the agency release said. Only two river basins, the Gunnison and the Yampa/ White, recorded higher reservoir storage averages, 130 and 111 percent, respectively.

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