Natural Resources Conservation Service

April 13, 2014--Drought conditions prompt calls for Lake Powell Pipeline (Spectrum)

Another year of drought shouldn’t be enough to force any water restrictions this year for Washington County residents, but state managers say it is enough to make a case for tapping into the Colorado River by building the 140-mile Lake Powell Pipeline.

March 17, 2014--Western streamflow forecasts a mixed bag (Summit Voice)

Snowpack across the West is still somewhat of mixed bag in this no-Niño winter, but February storms did help bolster water supplies across the northern tier of states, according to the monthly update from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

February 7, 2014--Colorado records above-normal snowpack for second consecutive month (Summit Daily)

A significant storm across Colorado during the last week of January was enough to boost the snowpack numbers for the month to above average. The Natural Resources Conservation Service of Colorado, a division of the U.S.

February 4, 2014--Storm restores state’s snowpack (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Just a week ago, Colorado’s early-season cushion of winter snowpack had evaporated, with the state dropping to 93 percent of median levels, down 10 percent from the start of the year. That was then, before a snowstorm that delivered two and in some areas even three feet of snow in the central mountains.

January 22, 2014--S.W. Colo. snowpack falls below average (Durango Herald)

The snow quickly is melting away, according to an updated report issued by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The snowpack in Southwest Colorado – the Animas, Dolores, San Juan, Mancos and San Miguel drainages – was 100 percent of average three weeks ago. As of Tuesday, the snowpack had dropped to 77 percent.

January 7, 2014--Snowpack back to normal (Pueblo Chieftain)

Snowfall during the first week of 2014 has returned snowpack in Colorado’s mountains to normal levels. “We’ve been getting some snow in the last week. Before that we had just a really long dry spell,” said Rick Sexton, caretaker for Clear Creek Reservoir, owned by the Pueblo Board of Water Works.

December 16, 2013--Snow forecasts get federal reprieve (Pueblo Chieftain)

Colorado’s snow forecasting programs have been spared from the federal budget ax — at least for this year. U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and the U.S.

December 3, 2013--Drought just won't go away (Pueblo Chieftain)

Despite some encouraging snowfall in November, large parts of the state remain on drought alert, according to the latest report from the state drought task force. Conditions in the Arkansas Valley, particularly Bent, Crowley and Otero counties, are listed as exceptional drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor, an interagency monitor of long-term weather conditions.

November 20, 2013--Budget cuts include ‘vital’ Colo. snowpack data but others offer to help get it anyway (Greeley Tribune)

State water providers, lawmakers and others have long pushed for more detailed snowpack and river-flow data in anticipation of population growth, increased demands and climate change. But now they're fighting just to keep in place the data system they have.

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