DROUGHT STATE

Drought Status

According to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), 44% of the state is currently experiencing some level of drought with 30% in a Moderate Drought. The map featured above shows the drought conditions on April 25.

Currently, as of 12:00 a.m. on May 3, snowpack statewide is 132 percent of median.

As of May 1, cumulative precipitation in the Colorado River watershed was tracking at 92% of average and the South Platte River watershed was tracking at 77% of average. Snowpack in the Colorado River is tracking at 96% of normal and is tracking at 71% of normal in the South Platte River watershed.

Denver Water’s supply reservoir contents as of May 1 are represented in the table below.

ReservoirPercent Full: CurrentPercent Full: Historical Median
Antero100%99%
Eleven Mile102%102%
Cheesman87%83%
Marston71%54%
Strontia Springs80%93%
Chatfield98%92%
Dillon85%90%
Gross19%48%
Ralston69%58%
Meadow Creek0%12%

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.