Drought news: Augmentation water short in the Arkansas Valley this season #codrought

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Some farmers in the Arkansas Valley who were already bracing for drought learned over the weekend that they will have no supplemental water this season. The Colorado Water Protective and Development Association mailed a letter to members Friday saying it would have no water available to supplement agricultural wells this year. “Knowing that farmers and ranchers are trying to get their plans in place by March 1, we notified them that we do not have the resources to provide water,” said Ann Lopkoff, general manager.

The engineering analysis of conditions will continue during March and April, and well owners will be notified if conditions change, but right now things do not look positive.

The decision does not affect municipal wells covered by CWPDA because there is sufficient water in storage to cover those depletions.

From the Commerce City Sentinel Express (Gene Sears):

…the keynote [at the Colorado Agriculture Big and Small Conference] featured a discussion on climate perspectives gleaned from the 2012 season. Given by Nolan Doesken, Colorado State Climatologist and Senior Research Associate, the talk highlighted the second year of drought for the state, coupled with record high temperatures. Doesken compared the recent weather patterns with other historic droughts, while assessing the long-term impacts.

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