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Drought Update and Snowpack Status

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According to the February 27 update from the  National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), 10.7% of the state is currently experiencing some level of drought with 7% in the Moderate Drought category, 3.5% in Severe Drought, and 26% of Colorado is Abnormally Dry. The map featured above shows the drought conditions on February 27.

As of, February 26 cumulative precipitation in the Colorado River watershed was tracking at 107% of average and the South Platte River watershed was tracking at 82% of average. Snowpack in the Colorado River is tracking at 94% of normal and is tracking at 104% of normal in the South Platte River watershed.

Denver Water’s supply reservoir contents as of February 26 are represented in the table below. Reservoir totals are 83% full and were 81% full this time last year.

ReservoirPercent Full: CurrentPercent Full: Historical Median
Antero101%99%
Eleven Mile102%102%
Cheesman82%83%
Marston67%54%
Strontia Springs87%94%
Chatfield96%95%
Dillon84%88%
Gross21%38%
Ralston62%52%
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.

As of March 4 statewide snowpack is 99 percent of median.

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Percent of median by river basin:

Yampa and White: 108

Upper Colorado: 105

Laramie and North Platte: 101

South Platte: 95

Gunnison: 98

Arkansas: 91

Upper Rio Grande: 87

San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan: 92