Rio Grande River basin: Alamosa and parts of Conejos and Costilla counties are in extreme drought, the remainder of Costilla and parts of Conejos, Rio Grande and Saguache counties are in severe drought

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Matt Hildner):

Valley snowmelt peaked on Wednesday and the region’s stream flows are dropping, while windy and dry conditions continue…

Federal agricultural officials, meanwhile, are considering whether to request a disaster designation that would make valley producers eligible for relief funds and other programs.

The U.S. Drought Monitor lists Alamosa and parts of Conejos and Costilla counties as being in extreme drought. The remainder of Costilla and parts of Conejos, Rio Grande and Saguache counties are in severe drought, according to the monitor. Kevin Reeves, executive director of Alamosa County’s Farm Service Administration office, said he and other FSA officials were seeking to set up a joint meeting of the valley’s county emergency boards. Those boards, which include other FSA and federal land management personnel, would have to send a request for the designation to the state FSA office, which would then be forwarded to the governor. The governor, in turn, would have to request the designation from the U.S. secretary of agriculture.

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