Runoff (snowpack) news

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From the Pueblo Chieftain:

As temperatures climbed in the last week, more snow has melted off below 10,000 feet in elevation, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service was reporting statewide snowpack at 74 percent of average Monday. In the Arkansas River basin, snowpack moisture is at 92 percent of average, while the Rio Grande basin has dropped to 64 percent. The Colorado River basin, which provides water imported into the Arkansas River basin, is at 82 percent of normal…

“It started coming off about 10 days ago,” said Roy Vaughan, manager of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project for the Bureau of Reclamation. “It’s what we’ve seen in the last five or six years. Everything above 10,000 feet is still packed, but the lower elevations lower the average.” Vaughan is projecting about 60,000 acre-feet coming through the Fry-Ark Project, which is above the long-term average of 52,400 acre-feet…

While the runoff is coming earlier than usual, there are still adequate water supplies in the state. Statewide reservoir levels are at 60 percent, which is above average. The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting average flows in the Arkansas River and throughout the state. Precipitation for the year has been average in Eastern Colorado, above average in the northern mountains and well below average in the Southwest and Rio Grande regions, according to the USGS.

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