Posted on November 8, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Lowest water level in 10 years
The old highway from Breckenridge to Frisco emerges from Dillon Reservoir as the water level drops.
FRISCO — It’s fascinating to watch the water level in Dillon Reservoir drop almost noticeably day by day, a few inches at a time, sometime more than a foot per week. Aside from the long-term implications for Colorado’s water supply, the changes reveal a new landscape. It’s rugged, rocky and bare in a lot of places, but along some of the more shallow edges, terrestrial plants are reclaiming the fringes, and in the newly formed bays, water birds are finding shelter on their migratory stopovers. Let’s hope we don’t see the reservoir this low for many years to come!
Steep escarpments near the Frisco Marina show the low level of Dillon Reservoir.
An almost alien-looking land plant takes hold in an area that was covered with five feet of water just six months ago.
Newly exposed rocky shoreline at Dillon Resevoir.
A ghost forest of stumps in the shallows of Frisco Bay.
The bare bones of Dillon Reservoir.
A fine crop of grasses has sprouted in what was just recently a shallow arm of Dillon Reservoir.
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