State of the Rivers Held at CMU
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Dozens of folks filled the Colorado Mesa University ballroom Monday evening to hear the latest update from state and local water officials.
Experts from across the Western Slope came together for this year's State of the Rivers meeting to give people a better idea of how current water and weather conditions would impact the water users.
Fortunately, officials are crediting a cooler spring for some good news for the Colorado River.
"Last month was really good in the sense that we gained some snow fall, we gained some snow pack and we also had some cooler temperatures. That kept the snow pack that was up there on for a longer time and that was different then last year where it came off very quickly after the first part of March," said Aldis Strautins, service hydrologist with the National Weather Service.
"We really saw a significant improvement in stream flow forecasts because of the additional precipitation during the cool weather, so we'll be looking for a relatively normal year when it comes to river flows," said Eric Kuhn with the Colorado River District.
The State of the Rivers meeting also covered issues involved with the Gunnison River. Officials believe even with the spring storms, it may not be enough to fill several of the reservoirs associated with that river.
Experts say Western Colorado is still in a drought and because the Colorado River is the one of the most used rivers in the country, water conservation should always be on the minds of water users.