Reservoirs

April 1, 2014--Peak snowpack reading shows no doubt of drought (Sacramento Business Journal)

The reading from what's typically the peak snowpack of the year shows what’s no surprise even with recent rain: California is still in a fairly severe drought. Snowpack surveys are at 32 percent of normal for the date, and even the prospect of more rain toward the end of the week won’t make much difference, according to the California Department of Water Resources.


March 29, 2014--Water supply worth a dam? (Grand Junction Sentinel)

When Gov. John Hickenlooper sat down Friday for lunch with the board of directors of Club 20, the West Slope promotional organization, the pitcher at his table was emblazoned with a handwritten label: “Western Slope Water.” “I drink that stuff every day,” Hickenlooper told his lunch companions.


February 28, 2014--Drought watchers see mostly good news, bad here and there (Rocky Mountain PBS)

With the winter of 2013-14 winding its way toward the first day of spring on March 20, Colorado’s climatologists and wat


February 26, 2014--Reservoirs are above average but water efficiency is still important (9 News)

Every week the snowpack is doing better and better with each storm contributing from a couple of inches to a feet of snow at a time. The statewide snowpack in the last two weeks has jumped up 7 percent from 108 percent of average to 115 percent of average.


February 26, 2014--Western Slope vulnerable to drought (Vail Daily)

A looming water shortage for Front Range cities is largely driving current efforts to develop a Colorado Water Plan, but that doesn’t mean that towns and cities on the Western Slope are entirely prepared for their own water future.


February 21, 2014--New reservoir key to reliable water source for Phoenix (Arizona Republic)

The Pinnacle Peak Reservoir will hold 3 million gallons, which is about 250 average swimming pools that each consist of 12,000 gallons of water. Phoenix delivers the same amount of water in total today as it did 10 years ago — despite a 28 percent growth in population.


February 20, 2014--Water planning for western communities (Post Independent)

A looming water shortage for Front Range cities is largely driving current efforts to develop a Colorado Water Plan, but that doesn’t mean that towns and cities on the Western Slope are entirely prepared for their own water future.


February 16, 2014--14 reservoirs in Southern California near record lows (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Less than 1 percent of the capacity of the 14 dams spread across Los Angeles County is available for release, according to data from the Department of Public Works. Of the 183,000 acre-feet possible, the county has about 759 acre-feet it can release to replenish sinking aquifers -- a 22-year low.


February 3, 2014--Drought in the West emptying reservoirs (New York Times)

The punishing drought that has swept much of the West is confronting authorities with the worst water shortage the region has faced in more than a century, with near-empty reservoirs, parched fields, starving livestock, clouds of smog, and outbreaks of wildfires.


January 9, 2014--Roundtable fears more farm dry-ups could be in store (Pueblo Chieftain)

A state water plan that fails to look at every option would put Arkansas Valley farms at risk. The Arkansas Basin Roundtable wants more emphasis on increasing storage and finding new water supplies in order to stop raids on agricultural supplies.


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