Weekly update highlights ‘dramatic’ lack of water in Blue River Basin
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Near record-low stream flows and dry soils and vegetation in northwest Colorado mean that even more of the area is now designated as being in extreme drought, including most of Summit County and nearly all of Eagle County.
The National Integrated Drought Information System is reporting a “dramatic lack of water” in the Blue River Basin, where streams are all flowing near record low levels. Read the weekly update at the Summit Voice Scribd.com feed.
The only part of Summit County not under extreme drought conditions are in the southeast, closest to the high terrain around the Continental Divide. All of the agricultural areas in the Lower Blue, north of Silverthorne, are in the extreme drought area.
Garfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt, and parts of Grand, Jackson, Larimer, Summit, Pitkin, and Mesa counties are all now in the extreme drought zone, with the rest of the West Slope under severe drought conditions. (more…)