Natural Resources Conservation Service

June 6, 2014--Lake Powell rising a foot every day (Deseret News)

A big snowpack that is being eaten away by high temperatures is causing the water at Lake Powell to rise a foot a day — good news for boaters and other water revelers. "This is a good year to boat at Lake Powell," said Paul Ostapuk, a spokesman for Friends of Lake Powell.

June 5, 2014--Colorado snow pack is nearly double its normal amount, feds say (Denver Post)

Colorado's wet spring and winter are paying big dividends for the state's snow pack and reservoirs in northern parts of the state, but southern areas are still below normal, federal officials said Thursday. The statewide snow pack is almost double that of normal conditions for this time of year — and more than triple in the South Platte basin.


June 5, 2014--Snowpack in Southwest Colorado all but gone (Durango Herald)

The snowpack in the watershed emptied by the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel rivers is fading fast, the last report of the year by the Natural Resources Conservation Service shows. The only basin with less snowpack than the four-river watershed as of June 1 was the Upper Rio Grande.


May 24, 2014--USDA provides assistance to agricultural producers to improve water quality (Agri View)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $33 million in assistance will be provided to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements that will improve water quality in 174 watersheds. The announcement was made on the Secretary's behalf by Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills during a Hypoxia Task Force meeting, held in Little Rock, Ark.


May 16, 2014--Curious about small hydro? Check this out (Durango Herald)

The Colorado Small Hydro Association is holding a workshop Monday to brief irrigators about new federal and state regulations that make it easier to install water-driven power plants on agricultural canals.  “There’s definitely a potential to add a hydro system,” Sterling Moss, director of the Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Durango.


May 10, 2014--Snowpack suffering in Southwest Colorado (Durango Herald)

The snowpack as of May 1 in the watersheds drained by the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel rivers leaves the southwest corner of Colorado hurting. At 68 percent of its 30-year median, the amount of snow in the high country foretells a sparse runoff. Only the Rio Grande basin is worse off at 50 percent.


May 10, 2014--Repercussions being felt from drought that has lingered since 2011 (Pueblo Chieftain)

The sky turns pink or brown as the dust clouds billow and swirl on the Southern Plains, leaving those caught outdoors with grit on their teeth and in their eyes, much like the days of the Dust Bowl. But due to the drought conditions that have been a constant presence since 2011, some parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, northeastern New Mexico and Southeastern Colorado are drier now


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.


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