This is the ninth article in the series from the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable, regarding the formation and implementation of the Basin Water Plan.
VALLEY — Colorado’s history is written in water.
Colorado’s water history also involves the development of reservoirs. It was quickly recognized by irrigators and municipal users that having the ability to capture and control available water during times of plenty for a reliable water supply during times of shortage was very important.
The Colorado high country provides the best natural reservoir storage in the form of snow pack. The state’s snow pack accumulates during late fall and continues thru early spring, waiting for warm temperatures. As the spring runoff begins, the available water supply to rivers and creeks continues to increase. Approximately 70 percent of the annual water supply runs off during May, June and early July. For the complete article see the 05-24-2014 issue.
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