Drought Gets Worse in The Grand Valley

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Drought conditions bring fire danger and limited water for Colorado communities… despite the snow this week, it’s announced the western slope’s drought conditions have worsened. As news channel five meteorologist Marcus Beasley reports, when it comes to the water here in the grand valley, we could really feel the effects of one in the spring.

We’re currently under a severe drought here in Grand Junction, but how’s that affecting the snow pack up in the mountains, and what will the results be come spring time here in the grand valley?

The “Ute Water Conservancy District” are keeping their eyes on the snow pack up in the mountains, and that way, they will know if we are going to have a shortage of water here in the spring.

“Ute Water Conservancy District uses the north side of the mesa for our source water. We’re looking at two snotel sites on the north side of the Grand Mesa. We look at Mesa Lakes which is currently at 26%, and Park Reservoir, which is at 25%.”

Those numbers are a little low because we’d like to see numbers around 100%, but it’s a little too early to start worrying about the water for the spring.

“mid to late March is when we’ll have a better indicator of where we’re going to be for the rest of the year, and that’s when we’ll start to formulate a plan if we need to move into any of our phases in our drought plan, it’ll happen around that time.”

Even though it’s a little early to know if we’re going to have a water shortage in the spring, it’s always a good idea to begin conserving water now.

“Being conscious of how you use your water everyday, in your everyday routine is really a big one. so, turning off the shower if you can while you shampoo your hair, or turning off the water when you brush your teeth. Different things like that, fixing the leaks around the house.”

We’re below where we should be for snow pack up on the mesa for this time of year, but it’s not time to start worrying, because things could always improve, and we could always get a little bit more snow throughout the year, and get the snow pack levels up. Reporting for News Channel Five, I’m meteorologist Marcus Beasley.

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