Colorado’s water managers decry lack of water, surplus of fire
Credit: Brent Gardner-Smith, Aspen Times
More than 30 water managers and state officials gathered in Glenwood Springs last week for meetings of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado River District, and most of them struggled to find good news to share with their colleagues.
Instead there were tales of extremely low flows, dazed fish, stunted crops, discouraged ranchers, idle fly-fishing guides, early cattle auctions, burnt forests and rivers and streams blackened by ash runoff.
"I've got to chime in on drought," Mike Sullivan, the deputy state engineer at the Colorado Division of Water Resources, said Wednesday morning when various state officials were giving their reports.
"I took a look at the river flows the last couple of days," Sullivan said. "About every river in the state is at least less-than-half of its average. Many of them are at a quarter of their average flows for this time of year. It's just awful out there. There is no water in the rivers."
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