Drought news: The Upper Colorado River snowpack is at 26% of the thirty year average

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Click on the thumbnail graphics for the current statewide snowpack map and the Basin High/Low graph for the Colorado River Basin from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Here’s a report from Janice Kurbjin writing for the Summit Daily News. She wades into the question of the potential for a Colorado River Compact Call in a drought year. The chances are pretty slim with all the water in Lake Powell. In addition the Bureau of Reclamation sent extra water to Lake Mead last year when the river was roaring. From the article:

It’s the agreements that will be key, what with storage well below the comfort level, population growth and climate data indicating a poor trend, said John McClow of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District. A 2007 landmark agreement to share adversity came after more than two years of work. In short, it says, “we can manage this river in a shortage situation,” McClow said.

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