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- Florida Water Conservancy District
- La Plata Archuleta Water District
- La Plata Electric Association
- La Plata Water Conservancy District
- Mancos Conservation District
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- Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD)
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- San Juan Water Conservancy District
- Southwestern Water Conservation District
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
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- Cloud Seeding Program
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- Florida Project (Lemon Reservoir)
- Jackson Gulch Reservoir
- Long Hollow Reservoir
- Pine River Project (Vallecito Reservoir)
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February’s snowstorms helped boost snowpack across the state as the trend of above-average conditions continued. The Natural Resources Conservation Service said the snowpack statewide on Tuesday was 115 percent of average. February’s storms ended up being the most significant of the year. This year’s snowpack totals in most basins are well above those last year.
Desert dust blowing from the Southwest into the Rockies has been implicated in everything from earlier snowmelt and air quality violations to causing avalanches. A new study shows the storms more frequent and intense as global warming kills desert vegetation. A research team from the U.S.
If the experts with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center are right, this winter’s La Niña tap of moisture may slow to a trickle the next few months. The latest outlook, covering March through May, suggests there’s a 30 percent chance that most of Colorado will experience above average temperatures and below normal precipitation during the period.
Colorado's mountain snowpack is slipping away after a relatively dry January, raising worries among water watchers that southern farmers could face shortfalls this summer.
As of Jan. 1, Colorado’s statewide snowpack was 136 percent of average and 159 percent of last year’s readings, according to the NRCS, making it the highest Jan. 1 snowpack since 1997, when statewide it was at 160 percent.
December 28, 2010--Farmers who depend on runoff from snow melt worried by warmer winter weather (Los Angeles Times)
Farmers who rely on runoff from winter snowfall are worried about a predicted weather pattern of warmer, drier winter weather in New Mexico and southern Colorado. Farmers in southern New Mexico rely on the runoff once it reaches Elephant Butte Lake in the spring and summer. Right now, there's not much water stored in reservoirs that's designated for the Elephant Butte Irrigation District.
It is one of the Southland's enduring contradictions. The region that laid pipe across hundreds of miles and tunneled through mountains to import water also built an extensive storm drain system to get rid of rainfall as quickly as possible.
The past water year, which ended Oct. 31, had many twists and turns, and this year is off to a better start on the Western Slope where water is collected for diversion to eight northern Colorado counties through the Colorado-Big Thompson project.
November 4, 2010--Grad student simulates 100 years of farming to measure agriculture's impact on land and water quality (Science Daily)
Estimating the long-term impact of agriculture on land is tricky when you don't have much information about what a field was like before it was farmed. Some fields in Missouri started producing crops more than a century ago -- long before anyone kept detailed records about the physical and chemical properties of the soil in a field.
Desert dust blowing on to the high peaks of Colorado is affecting stream flows and even changing tundra vegetation — and now it’s been traced as a cause of avalanches in the high country, researcher Chris Landry said Friday, addressing a packed house at the annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop.