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Most of the water here in

Most of the water here in Colorado ends up somewhere else anyway, you'll be fine. Thumbs up

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Not quite over. It's snowing

Not quite over. It's snowing now.

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The rain and snow yesterday

The rain and snow yesterday was great but is only a very small band-aide on the whole water issue. From the looks of it the fire season will be very bad one this year. Not only is the Arkansas running clean as stated but it looks more like it should in October for the amount of water in it. The rafting season is going to be poor at best. I am sure we will see many water restrictions and fire bans all around the state this year. Just hope that the wells for those folks on a well do not dry up. Now to see how all the critter react to the lack of water and where they will be this fall during each season. 

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I have found that as far a

I have found that as far a "wild animals" are concerned they know where the water is that usually flows year round.  I have learned this by hunting the desert areas of different states.  The animals will know where a little water pops up and runs for a few feet and then disappears again not to be seen in many miles.  A couple of years ago I found one such seep in Arizona that even the rancher that ran cattle in the area did not know of and he had a corral within a quarter of a mile.  When I mentioned it to him and one of my friends that lives down there they both almost called me a liar until I showed it to them.  A few years ago in Utah I was watching a herd of bison on the Henry Mountains.  Every afternoon they would head into one spot in single file with only about 5 or 6 animals at a time and then they would come out of the area and a few more would go in.  What I found was a small puddle of water no bigger than 3' in diameter and about 12" deep.  It would hold that amount of water in it but not any more before it filtered out and into the ground.  I guessed that the bison knew what was going on since they could only get a few of them into it at a time and no more.  I have also found a lot of these little seeps in Colorado and Utah and as long as you can keep the cattle and sheep out of them they serve their purpose. 

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more news

Those maps were from April 1.  Here's the May 1 maps, showing that the tiny amount of precip we got in April didn't seem to help much.  Also, Independence Pass is opening this weekend, which is about the earliest I've ever heard of.

Streamflow maps:

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/support/water/westwide/streamflow/wy2012/strm1205.gif

Snowpack maps:

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/support/water/westwide/snowpack/wy2012/snow1205.gif

The reservoirs are fine though.  Says we are still slightly above average, but the farmers around here are just getting started with the irrigating.

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/support/water/westwide/reservoir/wy2012/resv1205.gif

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I'm looking out the window at

I'm looking out the window at Cottonwood Pass, and it's solid white up there. I can't imagine it's going to open in a few days. I would have said yes before this last storm. Independence and Cottonwood usually open together. We'll see how it goes, but we have more moisture coming tomorrow to last over the weekend.

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Cottonwood Pass

Cottonwood is schedule to open Friday at 9am also

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Works for me, but i'm

Works for me, but i'm surprised. I know that was the plan before this last storm.

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Typical Colorado

This is all just typical Colorado climate, which can basically be anything regardless of the time of year.  We are a fairly arid state to begin with and the water we do produce gets sold to other states anyway.  Maybe we need to do something to keep the water being used here. 

As far as water conservation goes I have have mixed opinions about it.  During a drought we are made to conserve.  But during droughts when I see Denver Water Dept pumping out millions of gallons of water out of the system every day out by DIA just to keep the water in the pipelines from stagnating from all the conservation, then they turn around the following year and charge us double for the water they wasted and for the water that we didn't get to use....... I really wonder about what water conservation really is. It really sours my opinion even further about Government.

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