A rivers management plan 18 months in the making will provide some much-needed direction to officials and employees at the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands when it is approved.
Based on historical averages, the Colorado River typically peaks near Moab during the first week of June. This year the river is projected to peak later; a forecast from the National Weather Service showed the river could reach its maximum on June 15.
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 public is invited to attend a public open house regarding management of the Colorado and Green rivers. The Grand County event is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 25 at the Grand Center, 182 North and 500 West. An open house in San Juan County is the same time one day earlier at the San Juan County Administration Building, 117 South Main Street in Monticello.
The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation and representatives from all seven Colorado River Basin states gathered in Boulder City, Nevada, Tuesday, May 21, and signed completed drought contingency plans for the Upper and Lower Colorado River basins, according to a statement from the Bureau of Reclamation.
Snowpack in southeastern Utah at the end of April was a whopping 648% of normal this year, according to the May 1 report by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Regular storms helped to maintain that snowpack throughout the winter and spring, and in April the precipitation average was 124%, which brought the seasonal accumulation in the October-to-April water year to 155% of average.