Snowpack news

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From the Sky-Hi Daily News:

…as of January 1, snowpack conditions are below normal at 81 percent of average and only 64 percent of the measurements taken last year at this time…

Snowpacks in the sub-basins are below to well below normal ranging from 63 percent of average in the Willow Creek Drainage to 91 percent of average in the Roaring Fork Watershed. After a spectacular 130 percent of average showing in October, mountain precipitation during November was a pitiful 40 percent of average. December provided a modest 92 percent of average precipitation figure. Total precipitation for the water year is currently at 84 percent of average and 72 percent of last year. Reservoir storage is 104 percent of average and 74 percent of capacity. This year’s storage figures are 8 percent higher than those reported a year ago. Forecasts call for below average runoff across the basin. April-July forecasts are expected to range from 75 percent of average for Muddy Creek below Wolford Mountain Reservoir to 85 percent of average for the Inflow to Ruedi Reservoir and the Roaring Fork at Glenwood Springs.

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum April 6-7 in Cañon City

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From The Pueblo Chieftain:

Nominations for the sixth annual Bob Appel Friend of the Arkansas award are now being accepted. The award is given in memory of the late Bob Appel each year at the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum. Appel was instrumental in developing the annual water conferences until his death in 2003. This year’s forum will be April 6-7 in Canon City…

Nominations should be sent to Phil Reynolds at the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District office by Feb. 26. Registration for the forum will open in February. Contact Reynolds at 948-0069 or