Snowpack close to 100% in northern Colorado

1:36 PM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - April snow will "help tremendously" with snowpack and reservoir storage in northern Colorado, according to Northern Colorado Water.

"Snow equates to water, and that's good, so in the water business we're happy. We're smiling, and the farmers are smiling," said Brian Werner with Northern Colorado Water.

Though drainage snowpack levels along the Colorado River are above average for this time of year, and the South Platte is at about 90 percent for this time of the year, Werner cautions that reservoir levels are still below capacity and the drought is not over.

"The caution here is that we had a lot of large holes going into 2013 that we're not gonna get full. So, this is good. We like Mother Nature for this. As we like to say, there's a lot of holes in there and no matter what happens we're not going to get those full this year," Werner said.

Werner says Horsetooth Reservoir, a vital source of water for Fort Collins and Greeley, is about 18 feet below capacity but could rise roughly 5 feet more this spring.

One problem for reservoirs in Northern Colorado is that Lake Granby, the second largest reservoir in the state, won't come close to filling this year because there isn't enough snowpack in that area along the Western Slope.

Werner says it's likely water restrictions will happen this summer in many areas despite the April snow.

He says the focus is on building the reservoirs back up and planning for the future.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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