Colorado reservoirs expected to be in good shape
Despite below-average snowpack in all of Colorado’s river basins this year, reservoirs are expected to be in good shape this summer, the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Lakewood announced today.
Full reservoirs can mainly be attributed to good snow and reservoir accumulations the previous two years, according to the NRCS.
Snow accounts for most of the state’s year-round water supply for drinking and household use, agriculture and recreation.
Officials were concerned by the warm, dry weather of early April, but recent mountain storms improved the situation.
“These late-season improvements in the snowpack will have positive impacts on this summer’s runoff and water supplies in these basins,” according to a statement today from the federal agency, which measures the state’s snowpack.
April snow was above average in the Gunnison, Colorado, South Platte, Yampa, White and North Platte basins, breaking a five-month stretch in which below-average moisture was recorded, according to the NRCS.
This year’s May 1 statewide snowpack reading, however, was just 79 percent of what it was one year ago, water conservationists said.
Statewide precipitation during April was 117 percent of 30-year average and was the first month of above average precipitation recorded for the state since December.