Snowpack news

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The moisture content for the snowpack statewide was 85 percent of average, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service Snotel network. That’s an improvement — just barely — from 75 percent two weeks ago. “It’s not encouraging so far, so hopefully we’ll get caught up,” said Alan Ward, water resources administrator for the Pueblo Board of Water Works. “We’re kind of running out of time.”

In the Arkansas River basin, snowpack was 88 percent, and the Colorado River basin, which provides imported water, was 75 percent of average on Tuesday, according to the NRCS…

The Pueblo water board has kept track of snow depths on its ditches for the past four years — too short a time for historical comparison. The readings however, indicate the snowpack is off to a slow start, Sexton said. For instance, on the Wurtz Ditch on Tennessee Pass, [Rick Sexton, caretaker for the Pueblo water board’s Clear Creek Reservoir] measured 37 inches of snow, compared with a 46.7 inches average the last few years. Water content of the snow was 8.1 inches this year, compared with 12.4 inches average…

Streamflows in the Arkansas River are average nearly everywhere for this time of year. The flow through Pueblo is staying at 100 cubic feet per second through flow agreements, while some winter water continues to be stored in Lake Pueblo. Reservoir storage levels throughout the basin are good, with some space being cleared over the winter months in Turquoise and Twin Lakes by running water into Lake Pueblo.

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