From The Pagosa Springs Sun (Clayton Chaney):
According to a press release from the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) Manager Justin Ramsey, the district remains in a Stage 1 drought per its drought management plan.
This marks the sixth week in a row that the district has been in a Stage 1 drought. The PAWSD board initially approved entering the stage on July 19.
Ramsey notes that the primary driver of this drought stage is the San Juan River flow in conjunction with the U.S. Drought Monitor, which indicates our area is in a severe to moderate drought…
The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was updated on Aug. 24, re- porting the same numbers for the second consecutive week.
The NIDIS website indicates 94.84 percent of Archuleta County is abnormally dry and 67.46 per- cent of the county is in a moderate drought.
The NIDIS website also notes that 41.2 percent of the county is in a severe drought stage.
Additionally, the NIDIS website notes that 9.12 percent of the county remains in an extreme drought, mostly in the southwestern portion of the county.
The NIDIS website notes that under an extreme drought stage, large fires may develop and pasture conditions worsen.
No portion of the county is in an exceptional drought.
For more information and maps, visit: https://www.drought.gov/states/Colorado/county/Archuleta.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the San Juan River was flowing at a rate of 39.7 cfs in Pagosa Springs as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1.
Based on 85 years of water records at this site, the average flow rate for this date is 154 cfs.
The highest recorded rate for this date was in 2008 at 1,290 cfs. The lowest recorded rate was 8.66 cfs, recorded in 2002.
As of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, the Piedra River near Arboles was flowing at a rate of 31.5 cfs.
Based on 50 years of water records at this site, the average flow rate for this date is 191 cfs.
The highest recorded rate for this date was 1,210 cfs in 2008. The lowest recorded rate was 5.42 cfs in 2002.