Colorado: Drought 101

Starting the conversation …

Frisco Marina, 2002. PHOTO COURTESY DON SATHER.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY —It’s often said that Colorado is always just one dry winter away from a drought, and this year may lend some truth to that maxim. Instead of wrestling with potential flood hazards, resource managers are dusting off their drought plans and trying to figure out how stretch water supplies through what could be a long, hot summer.

As of last week, federal officials designated 98 percent of Colorado into various categories of drought, but what does that mean, exactly? Continue reading

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