Snowpack/drought/runoff news: Gunnison Basin snowpack at 5% of average, Colorado = 11%




Click on the thumbnail graphic for the current statewide snowpack map along with the Basin High/Low graph for the Gunnison and South Platte basins from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

From the Aspen Daily News (Andrew Travers):

With runoff on pace with the drought year of 2002, the Aspen City Council on Monday adopted an ordinance to encourage water conservation and penalize overuse with higher rates, in the likely event of a water shortage this summer.

“We already know there’s going to be a drought, we just don’t know how severe its going to be,” city utilities operations manager Lee Ledesma told City Council before its 5-0 vote.

The water shortage ordinance allows the city to enact temporary increases in water rates for users who consume more water than prescribed. They go as high as 200 percent of standard water rates, depending on the severity of a water shortage.

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