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From The Pagosa Springs Sun (Clayton Chaney):

River report

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Piedra River near Arboles was flowing at a rate of 48.1 cfs as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Based on 59 years of water records at this site, the average flow rate for that date is 101 cfs.

The highest recorded rate for this date was 645 cfs in 2008, while the lowest recorded rate was 26 cfs in 1964.

According to the USGS, the San Juan River was flowing at a rate of 49.4 cfs in Pagosa Springs as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Based on 86 years of water re- cords at this site, the lowest recorded flow rate for this date is 15 cfs, recorded in 1964.

The highest recorded rate for this date was in 2008 at 459 cfs. The average flow rate for this date is 76 cfs.

Colorado Drought Monitor map December 7, 2021.

Drought report

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was last updated on [December 7, 2021]

The NIDIS website indicates 100 percent of Archuleta County is abnormally dry.

The website also notes that 100 percent of the county is in a moderate drought. This is up from the previous report of 70.86 percent from previous report.

The NIDIS website also notes that 47.66 percent of the county is in a severe drought stage, consistent with the previous report.

Additionally, the NIDIS website notes that 10.33 of the county remains in an extreme drought, consistent with the previous report.

For more information and maps, visit: http://www.drought.gov/states/Colorado/county/Archuleta.

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