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Drought

  53%

of the state is in drought


The U.S. Drought Monitor releases a map every Thursday showing parts of the U.S. that are in drought. The Drought Monitor has been a team effort since its inception in 1999, produced jointly by the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Follow the link on the left for the current Colorado drought map.

local response

Local drought response may be triggered by any number of things depending on the characteristics of that water system: stream levels or soil moisture or water storage thresholds, just to name a few. Local governments and water providers may also respond to drought in different ways, including but not limited to watering restrictions. Check with your provider to learn about their drought plan and current restrictions.


The Colorado Water Conservation Board provides a search tool to find the current water restrictions in your area. You can use the name of your city, county or zip code.

Follow the link on the left to search water restrictions.

CSU Climate Center drought update


The Colorado State University Climate Center is a one-stop-shop for drought information. Find data on precipitation, soil moisture, temperature, reservoir storage levels and more.

Follow the link on the left.

colorado snotel snow water equivalent update map


NRCS routinely surveys Colorado's snowpack. Here is NRCS' most up-to-date Snow Water Equivalent map, based on mountain data from NRCS' SNOTEL sites. 

Follow the link on the left for the most current map.


DROUGHT NEWS

April 29, 2021 - Thursday’s Drought Update Misses Recent Rains As Western Slope Situation Gets Worse reported by CBS 4 News

April 5, 2021 - Precipitation outlooks in Pueblo are pessimistic reported by the Pueblo Chieftain

March 31, 2021 - Colorado mountain snow still lags slightly below norm reported by the Denver Post

  

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