Snowpack news: It may be time to be getting a ‘little concerned’

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From the DenverChannel.com (Ryan Budnick):

“I would think for some of the northern basins you have to be a little concerned,” said Chris Pacheco, assistant snow survey supervisor. “The likelihood of getting back to normal is pretty slight.”

The snow surveys showed the South Platte river basin at 73 percent and the state at 86 percent of average. Denver and much of the Front Range receives its water supply from the South Platte and the Upper Colorado river basins. Pacheco said the northern part of the state is hurting most particularly. The Colorado and the Yampa river basins are currently at 72 percent of its normal snowpack levels…

The Front Range could also find a reprieve with good reservoir levels. Denver Water’s storage system is at the same levels it was last year — which was considered to be a good snow year. “The reservoir storage is in good shape,” Pacheco said. “If we are running a little short reservoirs can supplement that.”

Stacy Chesney, spokeswoman for Denver Water, said the company’s public outreach efforts in promoting water conservation will be affirmed this year. “This is one of the reasons we ask customers to conserve,” she said. “It helps us in drier years. It is the right thing to do in a dry climate and this will help illustrate.”

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