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Arkansas River Basin Snowpack

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April 15, 2012 by csukach

By Chris Sukach

Many folks in Colorado are keeping an eye on this year’s snowpack, as it’s been lighter than previous years and that could mean water restrictions for some communities later on this summer.

Snow falls on the mountains in the winter, melts and provides water for those living at lower elevations.  In a year when snowfall is limited, people downslope from the snowpack feel its effects.

The Arkansas River Basin comprises the southwest corner of Colorado and provides water for the state’s second largest city, Colorado Springs, as well as many other smaller towns in the area.

While water conservation mandates may not be implemented in Colorado Springs, officials for the city of Pueblo are encouraging residents to conserve water.

Snowpack for the Arkansas River Basin is measured in several locations in the mountains that supply water to the Basin and those locations are reflected on the map below.  (Map locations courtesy of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Colorado SNOTEL Snowpack Comparison Update Report.)

Arkansas River Basin Snowpack

Arkansas River Basin snowpack measurement locations. (Map locations courtesy of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Colorado SNOTEL Snowpack Comparison Update Report. Click image to view larger map.)

 


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