Full to brimming

Wettest water year just ended

At Ken’s Lake, the water level is so high that it has engulfed the base of this tree, which is normally not near – let alone inside – the edge of the water. Photo by Doug McMurdo

The Natural Resources Conservation Service in a statement to water managers released June 1 reported that all of Utah’s watersheds have received greater than 100 percent of average precipitation since the water year began Oct. 1.

The NRCS reports many of the state’s smaller reservoirs are at or near capacity, but none have rebounded as dramatically as has Ken’s Lake – 218 percent of capacity this year compared to 43 percent last year.

Elsewhere, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported in May that the Lower 48 of the U.S. experienced its wettest year on record from May of 2018 through April of this year.

The reservoir is at 218 percent of capacity, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.