#Snowpack / #Runoff news: No Fort Morgan summer water restrictions

Westwide SNOTEL map April 16, 2016 via the NRCS.
Westwide SNOTEL map April 16, 2016 via the NRCS.

From The Fort Morgan Times (Jenni Grubbs):

Fort Morgan residents will be able to cultivate and enjoy green lawns and gardens this summer if they want to do so.

That is thanks to the increase in the Colorado-Big Thompson water quota announced Thursday and the resulting likelihood of no city lawn-watering or residential-water-use restrictions in coming months, according to Fort Morgan Water Resources/Utilities Director Brent Nation.

The Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District Board of Directors on Thursday approved increasing the Colorado-Big Thompson Project water pipeline quota to 70 percent, according to a news release. The Northern Water Board had set it at 50 percent last November.

Fort Morgan receives its water from that pipeline, with water availability subject to the quota set periodically by the Northern Water Board. This quota change does not affect city water rates, which are set by the Fort Morgan City Council. It only affects the amount of water available to the city for use.

But this new quota is one that still means good news for Fort Morgan water customers, according to Nation.

“I am pleased that the C-BT quota has been set at 70 percent for this water year,” he said Thursday afternoon. “70 percent allows our businesses and residents to enjoy high quality water with no restrictions.”

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