CWCB: Water Availability Task Force meeting recap

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Here’s an excerpt from the report from the CWCB (Veva Deheza/Kevin Rein):

Despite a warm and dry start to December, large storms later in the month helped 2010 end with above average snowpack statewide. However, east of the continental divide remains drier than normal with D2, severe drought conditions, persisting in the Arkansas Basin and D1, abnormally dry conditions, in much of the rest of the eastern plains. Reservoir storage is strong across most of the state with the majority of basins near average; the Rio Grande Basin is the lowest at 78%. While precipitation in the mountains is off to a good start, water managers and agriculturalists remain cautious. Continued warm temperatures could result in high early season demand for water; however, should precipitation on the eastern plains rebound, demand would likely be eased. The next 2-3 months will give a better indication of what conditions can be expected throughout the spring and early irrigation season.

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