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Bennet, Hickenlooper Urge BOR to Allocate Additional Funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit

Bennet, Hickenlooper Urge BOR to Allocate Additional Funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit

      Washington, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper urged the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to consider allocating additional funding from the recent omnibus funding bill for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) or the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) for the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC). The AVC is a planned 130-mile water-delivery […]

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT from NWS, Pueblo for January 12, 2023

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT from NWS, Pueblo for January 12, 2023

    Drought Conditions Persist across Southeast Colorado SYNOPSIS: The first half of December was relatively warm and dry across south central and southeast Colorado. The second half of the month saw occasional weather systems bringing surges of cold and unsettled to the area, especially to eastern Colorado, which saw a true “Arctic Intrusion” leading […]

Arkansas River Report for December 2022

Arkansas River Report for December 2022

  Snowpack Snowpack Telemetry (SNOTEL) sites relevant to the upper Arkansas Basin show snowpack near or above median, but the numbers drop off in the southern headwaters of the basin. The Saint Elmo SNOTEL site reports 127% of median for snow-water equivalent (SWE). At Brumley, near Independence Pass, the current reading is 93%, and Glen […]

NWS Pueblo - DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT

NWS Pueblo – DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT

  Drought Conditions Persist across Southeast Colorado   SYNOPSIS:   An up and down weather pattern was experienced across the region through the first half of November, as a few passing weather systems brought cool and unsettled weather, along with periods of warm and dry conditions to south central and southeast Colorado. A pattern shift […]

WATER Availability Summary

WATER Availability Summary

Water Availability Summary – Water Year 2022 as of November 15, 2022 Observed Temperature: Water year 2022 was the sixth warmest and 35th driest on record going back to 1896. At a national scale, Colorado was part of a southern and central plains drought over the Water Year 2022. The South Platte basin was much drier […]

Lamar Public Works Department Quarterly Report

Lamar Public Works Department Quarterly Report

    Pat Mason, Lamar Public Works Director, presented the city council with the department’s quarterly report at their November 14th meeting. Mason said his department had to work around some of the problems that plague many areas of our daily life including staffing shortages, supply chain issues and increased costs for materials.  “We were […]

Bennet, Hickenlooper Deliver $60 Million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for Arkansas Valley Conduit

Bennet, Hickenlooper Deliver $60 Million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for Arkansas Valley Conduit

Funding Will Provide Safe Drinking Water for Southeast Colorado Denver — Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper welcomed an announcement from the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) of the distribution of $60 million in funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support the completion of the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC), providing Coloradans with a […]

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT – October 6, 2022

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT – October 6, 2022

  National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co – Improvement in drought conditions continues across south central Colorado while drying is noted across the far southeast Plains SYNOPSIS: Predominate west to southwest flow aloft across the region through September kept generally warm temperatures in place, with a few passing weather systems bringing a few days […]

Arkansas River Report for September 29, 2022

Arkansas River Report for September 29, 2022

    Arkansas River Basin drought conditions continue to improve, with the U.S. Drought Monitor showing moderate drought in small portions of the lower basin and drought-free to “abnormally dry” conditions across the rest of the basin.   Precipitation The CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow) Network reports the following precipitation amounts for the […]

State Water Plan on Tap for $11.4M from Gaming Revenue

State Water Plan on Tap for $11.4M from Gaming Revenue

  Colorado’s state water plan will receive $11.4 million from gaming revenues this year, a 43% increase over last year’s distribution. The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission on Thursday announced that sports betting yielded tax revenues of $12.4 million in its second year of operation. Under House Bill 19-1327, which later became Proposition DD on […]

Dam maintenance by Army Corps to force two brief closures of East Ramp at John Martin Reservoir State Park

Dam maintenance by Army Corps to force two brief closures of East Ramp at John Martin Reservoir State Park

HASTY, Colo. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns John Martin Reservoir, is planning to do routine maintenance work on its dam starting on Sept. 27 with a planned completion date of Oct. 12. Low water levels in the reservoir make it an ideal time to inspect and maintain the upstream side of […]

Improvement in Southeastern Colorado Drought

Improvement in Southeastern Colorado Drought

  Monsoon Moisture Brings Continued Improvements in Drought Conditions across South Central and Southeast Colorado   SYNOPSIS: July of 2022 was a warm and wet month across south central and southeast Colorado, as the southwest summer monsoon brought periods of abundant moisture and bouts of heavy rainfall across the region. The monsoon has remained active […]

Colorado Crop Progress/Condition Report, 8-21-2022

Colorado Crop Progress/Condition Report, 8-21-2022

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Cooler than average temperatures and scattered precipitation were observed across the State last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 58 percent of the State is under drought conditions, equal to the previous week. Twenty-four percent of the State […]

Water Levels Decline at John Martin Reservoir

Water Levels Decline at John Martin Reservoir

CPW Facebook Posting on John Martin Dam Water Levels As our water level continues to get lower, our courtesy dock on the east boat ramp has reached the end of the cable and anchors holding it in place. Starting on July 25th, the dock will be removed from the water and the ramp will only […]

CPW Orders Emergency Fish Salvage at Queens Reservoir as Drought Intensifies

CPW Orders Emergency Fish Salvage at Queens Reservoir as Drought Intensifies

  LAMAR, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Monday ordered an emergency public fish salvage at Queens Reservoir about 15 miles north of Lamar in Kiowa County due to declining water levels related to intensifying drought conditions. Queens is a warm water irrigation storage reservoir as part of the Great Plains Reservoir system that […]