Mountain Snowpack Will Make for Good Water Supply This Spring
It's looking like we're going to have plenty of mountain water this spring. And no, I'm not talking about Coors Light.
According to The Greeley Tribune, Colorado's snowpack is currently at 106% of the norm between 1981 and 2010.
However, the northern mountains are getting much more snow than their southern counterparts.
In fact, the northeastern parts of the state are expected to receive so much water from this year's snowpack that Brian Domonkos, a snow survey supervisor, said that the region doesn't need much more.
Snowpack for the southwestern region, on the other hand, is only between 86-94% of the norm. This could be a problem, as the area's dry soil will likely reduce water in streams and rivers.
Yet, Domonkos stated that there is no need for alarm, telling The Greeley Tribune that Colorado is in "a good spot" overall, especially if we receive more snow this month.
But according to Nathan Elder, the water supply manager at Denver Water, it is still important to be cognizant of your water use.
In Denver alone, urban residents use around 80 gallons of water per person per day.
"Climate change is going to increase the uncertainty of future precipitation and stream flows," Elder told The Greeley Tribune. "We're likely to see more extreme events, extreme droughts."
So, instead of drinking fresh mountain water, just drink Coors Light. For the planet.
Just kidding...but maybe try to shave some time of off your morning shower.