Natural Resource Conservation Service

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


April 2, 2015--The potential impact of California's drought on Colo. (9 News)

New numbers out Thursday show Colorado's statewide snowpack has fallen. Preliminary estimates from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service show the state's snowpack is at 69 percent of average. The state's climatologist said Colorado will need to have a strong finish to the spring snow season in order to even approach our average snowpack.


January 6, 2014--Drought could be on the way back (Post Independent)

After a very dry start, fall rain and early snow eased most of Colorado out of the intense drought we experienced in 2012 and the beginning of 2013. Parched soils and trees soaked up the moisture, stream flows recovered, and next year’s water supply, in the form of snow, began building up nicely. As of Dec.


April 1, 2013--Farmers and ranchers can mitigate the impacts of drought with drought plans and conservation systems (North Forty News)

USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service is helping to mitigate the impacts of drought across the nation. With good drought plans and conservation systems, farmers and ranchers are better equipped to manage dry and other extreme weather. NRCS hydrologists are predicting continued drought for the western part of the nation and other states may also be facing dry conditions.


April 7, 2009--Alamosa looks at river projects (Pueblo Chieftain)

The city is looking at two conservation proposals that could bring money to its coffers and a better functioning Rio Grande as the river runs through the 1,300-acre, city-owned ranch north of town.


July 6, 2008--Drought plagues rangeland (Pueblo Chieftain)

Drought has returned to Southeastern Colorado and is stressing rangeland, according to the federal agency that oversees conservation of natural resources. The U.S. Drought Monitor this week shows some parts of the state entering moderate to severe drought conditions.


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