Feb 27, 2013 9:39 PM by Bill Folsom

Measuring Colorado's snowpack

"We've improved our snowpack, but we're still in a lower snowpack year," said Dan Olson with Natural Resources Conservation Service in Teller County. Over the past couple of days crews with Natural Resources have been in Colorado's high country for their monthly snowpack measurements. It is runoff from snowpack that determines how much water there will be to fill reservoirs that hold Colorado's water supply.

They take samples of snow and determine the water equivalent. With our ongoing drought situation this year's measurements have added importance. The snowpack for the state is at 75% of normal. At close to 65% of normal it is even lower in southeast Colorado. "We're going to need a really big March to catch up to our average," said Olson.


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