Vail: The current Colorado drought to be discussed on tonight’s ‘Community Focus’ radio program on KZYR #CODrought


From email from the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District (Diane Johnson):

Drought conditions and water supply are the topics for tonight’s “Community Focus” show on local radio station KZYR, 97.7 FM the Zephyr.

Eagle River Water and Sanitation District General Manager Linn Brooks and board Chairman Rick Sackbauer will join Community Focus host Rohn Robbins to discuss current drought conditions and what the community can do to mitigate local impacts.

The Zephyr’s Community Focus is an hour-long talk program that airs at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Brooks and Sackbauer will discuss potential drought impacts, how the public water system has prepared for drought conditions, collaborative efforts to mitigate impacts, and actions community members can take.

The district’s water use priorities are public health and safety (normal indoor water use and maintaining storage for fire protection); local economic benefits associated with streamflows, recreation, and tourism; and long-term system reliability.

Drought intensity in Eagle County is “extreme” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and all of Colorado is experiencing some level of drought condition. Drought conditions reflect this winter’s record low snowpack, including the driest March on record in Colorado, the warmest March through May on record, and windy conditions. Current streamflows are correspondingly low; Eagle County waterways are flowing at about 20 to 30 percent of historical averages.

Community Focus is also aired live on Eagle County’s ecotv18, channel 18 on local cable systems, and streamed live at and will be archived on KZYR’s website at

For more information, contact Communications and Public Affairs Manager Diane Johnson at 970-477-5457.

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