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2020 Will be a Dry Year

2020 Will be a Dry Year

  With the end of June marking the half year on the calendar, precipitation reports for southeast Colorado are stark. On June 22, Governor Jared Polis requested activation of Colorado’s Drought Task Force and Phase 2 of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan as drought conditions deepen, reaching more than 81% of the state, […]

Governor Polis Activates Drought Plan and Task Force

Governor Polis Activates Drought Plan and Task Force

Severe Drought Expands Across Southern, Eastern Regions June 23, 2020 (Denver, CO) – Governor Jared Polis requested activation of Colorado’s Drought Task Force and Phase 2 of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan this week as drought conditions deepen, reaching more than 81% of the state, with severe and extreme drought conditions in 33% […]

CWCB May 2020 Drought Outlook

CWCB May 2020 Drought Outlook

  As predicted in last month’s report, snowpack has rapidly declined. Soils are exceptionally dry throughout the southern half of the state and much of the eastern plains. Thus, despite average mountain snowpack, drought conditions have quickly intensified – particularly in the San Luis Valley, Arkansas Valley, and parts of the western slope. Outlooks show […]

March 2020 Drought Update from CWCB

March 2020 Drought Update from CWCB

This year’s spring and summer drought outlook may be tough to predict, but currently the state’s northern mountains and Front Range look strong. There are increasing concerns of dry conditions along the Eastern Plains, in the southwest and San Juans where we are seeing slightly below average snowpacks and reservoir levels. There are reports of […]

CWCB August 2019 Drought Update

CWCB August 2019 Drought Update

  August has been warmer than average across the majority of the state and each basin, except for the Republican basin, has experienced below average precipitation. The North American monsoon season has been disappointing in Colorado and other parts of the Southwestern U.S. The monsoon season sometimes results in beneficial moisture for south central Colorado […]

STATE OF THE WATER STATE

STATE OF THE WATER STATE

Drought Free Colorado   Water Year 2018 (Oct 2017- Sept 2018) was the warmest and second driest on record for Colorado, with significant loss to crops and livestock, and multiple large wildfires. Since the onset of the drought and throughout 2018, the State’s Drought Task Force, in collaboration with the Agricultural Impact Task Force has […]

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum 25th Anniversary, “A River of Dreams and Realities”

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum 25th Anniversary, “A River of Dreams and Realities”

  This special, 25th anniversary celebratory conference, A River of Dreams and Realties, welcomes keynote speeches by Senator Cory Gardner and former Agricultural Commissioner, Don Ament at the Pueblo Convention Center on April 24-25, 2019. Program highlights include a 25-year retrospective of the crucial nature of water in the Arkansas River Basin from state- and […]

CWCB Drought Update, February 2019

CWCB Drought Update, February 2019

  In response to persistent and prolonged drought conditions throughout the southern half of the state and along the western border, the May 2, 2018 drought mitigation and response plan was activated for additional counties in northwest Colorado which were added in September. Calendar year 2019 has brought with it beneficial moisture that has nearly […]

CWCB January 2019 Drought Update

CWCB January 2019 Drought Update

As of January 22nd, exceptional drought, D4, continues to affect southern Colorado covering 2.8 percent of the state, extreme drought, D3, covers 19 percent of the state; severe drought 20 percent and 26 percent is classified as moderate drought. An additional 16 percent of the state is currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions. Forecasters expect a […]

November 2018 Drought Update

November 2018 Drought Update

  The 2018 Water Year (which ended on September 30) was the warmest and second driest in 124 years of records for the state of Colorado. Water Year 2019, which began on October 1st, has seen above normal precipitation and below average temperatures across most of the state. This is the first time in over […]

September 2018 Drought Update from CWCB- -Hotter and Drier

September 2018 Drought Update from CWCB- -Hotter and Drier

  In response to persistent and prolonged drought conditions throughout the southern half of the state and along the western border, the Governor activated the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan for the agricultural sector on May 2, 2018. With only three weeks left in the 2018 water year, October through August of this year […]

May 2018 Drought Update from CWCB

May 2018 Drought Update from CWCB

  In order to respond to persistent and prolonged drought conditions throughout the southern half of the state and along the western border, the Governor activated the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan for the agricultural sector on May 2, 2018 , in the following counties: Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Las Animas, Baca, […]

Governor Hickenlooper Activates CO Drought Mitigation & Response

Governor Hickenlooper Activates CO Drought Mitigation & Response

      On May 2, 2018, in response to persistent and prolonged drought in portions of Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper activated the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan for the agricultural sector in the following counties: Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Las Animas, Baca, Prowers, Bent, Otero, Huerfano, Alamosa, Rio Grande, Mineral, Hinsdale, San […]

Tamarisk Program Begins Restoration Phase

Tamarisk Program Begins Restoration Phase

  A tamarisk eradication spray program begun almost ten years ago along a portion of the Arkansas River has transitioned into a restoration project this year by the Colorado Division of Natural Resources and Parks and Wildlife. Travis Black, Colorado Parks and Wildlife area manager, said a restoration program has begun which will re-seed the […]

CWCB March 2018 Drought Update

CWCB March 2018 Drought Update

Despite near normal precipitation across most of the state in February, March precipitation has been well below average statewide. Currently Colorado is experiencing the 3rd lowest snowpack on record, with only 2002 and 1981 being drier. Extreme drought has expanded to cover most of Southwestern Colorado, The San Luis Valley and Southeastern Colorado. West Slope […]