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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The Natural Resources Conservation Service has begun its annual snow survey program.

The survey is a key indicator of drought and snowpack levels in Colorado.

Teams measure the amount of water in snow, which tells farmers, municipalities and water conservation districts how much water is in the snow and how much to expect when spring runoff starts.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the program has taken a 15 percent cut in funding since 2011, but the survey continues.

So far, the snowpack off Cameron Pass is above the 30-year average, at 102 percent, but the best indicators for drought and spring runoff are measured in March.