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- Jackson Gulch Reservoir
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Natural Resource Conservation Service
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.
The bad news is that Colorado lawmakers have turned to savings accounts for dams, canals, and pipelines to cope with a budget crisis that's entering its third year.
Drought intensified this summer
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.
Fallowing up to 40,000 acres of agricultural land to reduce groundwater pumping in the north-central San Luis Valley won't come cheaply.
The flooding that swamped large areas of the Midwest took with it some of the region's most valuable resource: soil
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.
The state also started asking residents to prepare for what could be an active flood season, advising homeowners to check flood insurance and to buy coverage if none was in place. "It appears we have a very challenging year ahead of us," said Harris Sherman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.
Snowfall in the mountains of southern Colorado - including the Animas, Dolores and San Juan river basins - exceeds its average by more than any other area in the state, according to the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
The NRCS considers the Arkansas and Rio Grande river valleys as well as the three basins in Southwest Colorado as