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Wed May 30, 2012, 12:44 PM

Flows in the Poudre River - S. Platte's largest tributary - at all time low...

Water in Weld’s rivers is severely lacking — and, at this point, producers in the state’s most ag-productive county assume they’ll be using similar adjectives to describe their harvests later this year.

Streamflow in the Poudre River, which cuts through north Greeley and goes on to serve as the largest tributary stream to the South Platte River, is particularly dismal. According to numbers provided by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, peak stream flow in the Poudre River came earlier and was lower this year than any other year on record — dating back to 1957.

Peak streamflows in the South Platte River are not at all-time lows this year — that happened in 1954. But, according to Colorado Water Resources Division 1 Engineer Dave Nettles, the river’s peak flow this month was about three times less than it was in 2002 — the year of a historic drought that changed the way many producers and municipalities manage water.


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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2012, 01:12 PM

1. Don't forget those acres & acres of business park & residential lawns across the front range,

many of which are watered mid-afternoon, with sprinkler heads that shoot into the street.

Not to let the frackers off the hook, but I read Centennial shortly after it came out in '74 & the entire last section of the book is about water rights & scarcity issues. We knew this was coming & we still have our head in the sand. Think of what this means for everyone down stream.

Maybe if the frackers ruin the remaining water people will finally wake up?

BTW, I lost track of that Koch story of swapping prime state land for some of his crap land & fracking was part of the issue. ???

Thanks for posting MSS.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu May 31, 2012, 06:43 AM

2. Dept of Agriculture agents ski into the mountains to assess the snow-pack every winter

The data is used by farmers in the Platte River Valley to determine which crops or grains to plant and how much water will be available for them.

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