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Water and Well Systems in the Mountains

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  • If you are wondering about the current snowpack, streamflow and moisture
    conditions in Colorado and the Intermountain West, take a look at this
    document from the Western Water Assessment: Intermountain west climate summary
  • Check out the latest drought map from NOAA.
  • The seasonal drought outlook map looks at the likelihood of drought developing or continuing over the next few months.
  • More seasonal precipitation and temperature predictions
  • Snotel data for Colorado
  • In the mountains, we depend on precipitation to recharge our ground water and our wells. Click for more information on soil moisture.
  • Practice water conservation in and around your home to prevent your well or your neighbor’s well from going dry. Although much water from wells is returned to recharge the system, this recharge rate is often very slow. Therefore, it is better to be conservative with the water already in your well.
  • More information on drought from Colorado State University Extension.
  • Interested in weather? Join CoCoRahs – the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. CoCoRaHS is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities, to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. Call the office for more details.

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