Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention: ‘We’re [Arkansas Basin] hoping for a better 2014’ — Steve Witte

US Drought Monitor for Colorado January 28, 2014
US Drought Monitor for Colorado January 28, 2014

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Unless water conditions improve significantly this spring, farmers in the Lower Arkansas Valley could see a fourth year of reduced water supply. The low point so far was 2013, where many wells were cut off completely, and overall pumping was the lowest on record. Surface irrigators also dealt with reduced flows until the end of the growing season and large fires damaged several watersheds.

“We’re hoping for a better 2014,” Water Division 2 Engineer Steve Witte told the Colorado Water Congress this week. “But I don’t know if I have reason to be optimistic.”

While not as dry as 2012, the second driest on record, the water available in 2013 dropped to the fourth lowest amount ever, as measured at multiple locations, Witte said.

The convention wraps up today with the Aspinall award luncheon.

It was a veritable Twitter-fest yesterday during the sessions. You can follow the action with the hash tag #COWaterPlatform. I’ll be live-Tweeting @CoyoteGulch.

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