The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative’s River Report for May shows distinct improvements in drought conditions water resources.
While most of Colorado has above-average snowpack, the news isn’t quite as good for the Arkansas River Basin.
Recent weather patterns have proven detrimental to the water outlook for the Arkansas River Basin with warm temperatures, minimal precipitation and high winds combining to reduce snowpack to 31% of median.
Extreme drought conditions across much of the Arkansas River Basin prompted Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District General Manager Terry Scanga to prepare a water supply reliability report for the district’s July board meeting.
Arkansas River Basin streamflow forecasts range from a low of 22 percent of average for Grape Creek near Westcliffe to a high of 82 percent for the Arkansas River at Salida.