According to the August 4 update from the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), 26.6% of Colorado is in an extreme drought, 32.2% is in a severe drought, 27.1% is in a moderate drought and 14.1% of the state is abnormally dry. Collectively, 100% of Colorado is experiencing some form of drought. The map featured above shows the drought conditions on August 4.
On June 22, Governor Polis activated the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan and the supporting Drought and Agricultural Impact Task Forces to respond to deepening drought conditions across the state. As of August 4, dry conditions now cover 100% of the state with 86% in severe, extreme, or exceptional drought categories. For more information on the developing 2020 drought season and response resources, visit the Colorado Water Conservation Board drought website.
As of August 10th, cumulative precipitation in the Colorado River Watershed was tracking at 90% of average and cumulative precipitation in the South Platte River Watershed was tracking at 91% of average.
Reservoir storage fell 7% over the last month (now 93% of average) with slightly better than average storage in northern CO and below average in southern CO. The Rio Grande basin-wide storage is only 55% of average for this time of year, the lowest in the state. Denver Water’s supply reservoir contents as of August 10th are represented in the table below.
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The district will continue to work with Denver Water on monitoring the watersheds and will provide updates to our customers through our website and social media channels.