Currently, many people are looking around and saying, "It seems like there is more snow than there was last year. Why is the snowpack only 76 percent of last year's amount?"
Well, the answer is simple. The snowpack that the state measures and considers "the water supply" is only recorded above 9,000 feet. So, all that low lying-snowpack is awesome, but is not even considered in the measuring. Some of that water will be captured in surface reservoirs and help fill them to capacity. But the majority of the high-country, statewide, is still below average. So, as we head into spring, we need a lot more water.
Fourth-graders - it's Eagle County Poster Contest time again and the theme this year is "Actively Green for water conservation." This 24th annual event coincides with Earth Day. The Conservation District Board will be supporting this great contest by supporting the winners. Presentations and awards will be given by the county commissioners to the winners sometime after Earth Day on April 27.
We here at the Soil and Water Conservation District recently handed out our first scholarship. It was awarded to graduating high school student Taylor Hammer of Burns. We are still looking for applicants for two more scholarships. One is for students in the "continuing education" area and another for a graduating high school student. Applications and more information are available on the ECCD website, www.eaglecountycd.org.
Also, we will be awarding five scholarships to Walking Mountain Science School for kids who want to go to summer science camp. We will be looking for short essays from prospective scholarship recipients as to why they want to go to summer science camp. For additional details, please call ECCD Board member Scott Schlosser at 970-390-9223. Scholarships will be awarded to different camps encompassing different ages.
The BLM is the Soil and Water District to ask ranchers for help gauging rain and reporting their data from across the Western Slope, especially Eagle/Garfield County. For more information, check out www.cocorhs.com which is community collaborative rain hail and snow network.
Chemical sales at the county chemical shed are kicking in and the weeds and grass is growing! To purchase your herbicide, call Katie at 970-390-1983.
Our next meeting is April 10 and we are still looking for interested individuals to serve on the district board.
The farm bill runs out Sept. 30, so write your congressperson.