Colorado Drought primer: ‘It is often said that Colorado is always just one dry winter away from a drought’ — Bob Berwyn

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From the Summit County Citizens Voice (Bob Berwyn):

… it’s clear that much of Colorado is experiencing the beginnings of a meteorological drought, with below average snowfall since the start of the water year, Oct. 1, 2011…

What dies it all mean for the high country? According to Summit County’s multi-hazard mitigation plan, past drought impacts have included degradation of air quality due to dust, reduction of tourism and recreation activities, and damage to the ranching economy in the Lower Blue Basin. The economy of Summit County, which is based upon the ski industry and other outdoor recreation and tourism, is very vulnerable to drought conditions, according to the county’s plan.

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