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January 1, 2016--The science of snowmelt and water supply forecasting (Steamboat Pilot)

Snow plays a vital role in our lives as the primary source of the water supply in the Western United States. With as much as 75 percent of the water supply being derived from snowmelt, successful water planning and management of the state’s water resources begins with a comprehensive knowledge of current snowpack conditions and the ability to make informed decisions for the upcoming


December 31, 2015--El Niño delivers gift of snowfall (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Mother Nature’s gift of a Christmas-season storm has resulted in an above-average early season Colorado snowpack, a head start that could prove important to ensuring there’s an adequate water supply waiting to melt in the high country come next spring. Statewide snowpack was at 121 percent of median as of Wednesday, according to federal Natural Resources Conservation Service da


December 30, 2015--Forest Service buries plan on transfer of ski area water rights (Denver Post)

The U.S. Forest Service will not require ski resorts to transfer water rights to the federal government as a condition of operating on public land.


December 29, 2015--Local icon Fred Kroeger dies at 97 (Durango Herald)

Whether you call him the epitome of the Greatest Generation or the man who would not give up, former Durango Mayor Frederick V. Kroeger, who died Saturday at 97, left a legacy for generations of Southwest Coloradans to come. The most visible parts of that legacy?


December 28, 2015--University of Colorado scientists say reservoir evaporation a concern (Durango Herald)

 A focus should be placed on measuring and reducing reservoir evaporation in an effort to meet Colorado’s growing water supply demands, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The report, unveiled on Monday, focused on conservation, a popular theme touted by water managers across Colorado.