The drought: Is it over or what? |

The drought: Is it over or what?

Alex Miller

VAIL – Interstate 70 serves as a handy dividing line for eyeing Colorado’s water situation. Some years, the river basins north of I-70 are drier than normal, while some years it’s the south. In 2002-2004, both sides of the interstate suffered, producing a statewide drought.”This year, we’re blessed with an enormous amount of moisture,” said Peter Roessmann of the Colorado River Water Conservation District. “The snowpacks are above 160 percent of normal in some of the southern areas.”Officials at Denver Water are happily watching most of their reservoirs pass the 90-percent and even 100-percent capacity mark this snowmelt season, and they’ve lifted mandatory watering restrictions for their customers. (Colorado Springs Utilities has kept theirs in place, although they’ve reduced it from three days to two.)State Rep. Gary Lindstrom, who represents Summit and Eagle counties, cautioned that the south-of-I-70 boom this year doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods drought-wise.”It’s a deceptive thing,” Lindstrom said. “People say the drought is over but it’s really not. We’ve got another year to really watch it.”

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