From The Pagosa Springs Sun (Clayton Chaney):
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the San Juan River was flowing at a rate of 23.7 cfs in Pagosa Springs as of noon Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Based on 85 years of water re- cords at this site, the average flow rate for this date is 165 cfs.
The highest recorded rate for this date was in 1970 at 2,000 cfs. The lowest recorded rate was 13.5 cfs, recorded in 2018.
As of noon Wednesday, Sept. 15, the Piedra River near Arboles was flowing at a rate of 24 cfs.
Based on 58 years of water records at this site, the average flow rate for that date is 123 cfs.
The highest recorded rate for this date was 2,650 cfs in 1970. The lowest recorded rate was 13.3 cfs in 2002.
The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was last updated on Sept. 7.
The NIDIS website indicates 95.27 percent of Archuleta County is abnormally dry, this is down slightly from the previous report of 95.29 percent.
The percentage of the county in a moderate drought remains at 67.47 percent, consistent with the previous report.
The NIDIS website also notes that 42.68 percent of the county is in a severe drought stage, which is up slightly from the previous report of 41.75 percent.
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, consistent with the previous report.
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.