June 7, 2012--Leased water rights to satisfy downstream call (Telluride Watch)

The Ouray City Council has approved a water rights lease from an entity that owns senior downstream water rights, in order to satisfy a recent call on its municipal water supply. The lease is a temporary, short-term solution to augment the city’s water supply, as staff continue to work toward a more permanent solution.

June 7, 2012--Thirsty for more (Durango Telegraph)

The Colorado landscape is looking pretty thirsty these days. Seventy-five percent of the state is under drought conditions, the snowpack is only 19 percent of its average, and forecasts predict the same situation or worse through August.

June 2, 2012--Drought hits most of Colorado; outlook bleak (Denver Post)

Most of Colorado is in a moderate to extreme drought, and the outlook for June offers little hope for improvement. The U.S.

May 30, 2012--Massive wildfire becomes largest in New Mexico history (USA Today)

A massive wildfire that has burned more than 265 square miles in the Gila National Forest has become the largest fire in New Mexico history, fire officials confirmed Wednesday.

May 30, 2012--Recession, last drought help water conservation gain Colorado foothold (Denver Post)

Low snowpack, a dry spring and record-high early-season temperatures this year have landscapers reflecting on lessons learned during the devastating drought of 2002. That year was brutal. People tried to conserve water. They turned off backyard fountains and let their ponds dry up.

May 28, 2012--Parts of NW Colorado now in extreme drought (Summit Voice)

After a couple of months with temperatures running 5 to 10 degrees above average and the snowpack at only 2 percent average for this time of year, parts of northwestern Colorado have been designated as being in extreme drought conditions. The drought is widespread throughout the interior West, according to the weekly report from the National Integrated Drought Information System.

May 28, 2012--Low snowpack has ripple effect on paddling season (Aurora Sentinel)

After a winter of historically low snowpack combined with an earlier-than-normal runoff, Colorado river guides and tourists are adjusting their spring and summer plans for what is turning out to be an early paddling season. “We really live on snowpack.

May 27, 2012--With dry season underway, time to think wildfire preparedness (Telluride Watch)

The wildfire season began early here on the western slope. The combination of unusually high temperatures and dry conditions, combined with light winter snowpack, have increased the risk for extreme wildfire, particularly as temperatures increase through June.

May 26, 2012--Raging wildfires scorch Western USA (USA Today)

Firefighters are battling a massive wildfire in southwestern New Mexico that has destroyed a dozen cabins and spread smoke across the state, prompting holiday weekend air-quality warnings. The fire burned early Saturday through remote and rugged terrain around the Gila Wilderness and has grown to 85,000 acres or more than 130 square miles.

May 24, 2012--Wariness in wake of low snowpack (Durango Telegraph)

As mountain towns in Colorado move into summer, they continue to consider what lies ahead as the result of the incredibly low snowpack this year. By some measures, the drought is far worse than the epic summer of 2002.

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