Colorado snowpack lingered into mid-July this year with levels as high as 750% of normal. After a drought-ridden 2018, high water news is something many across the state have been hoping for. What does that triple-digit percentage really mean and what are the impacts of this historic snowpack? Our President, Michelle Johnson breaks down what these numbers really mean for water in our state.
Last month, the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan, a plan that was years in the making, was approved by Congress and signed by the President. The Colorado River serves 40 million people. The contingency plan is a crucial pact in keeping Lake Mead on the Arizona-Nevada border and Lake Powell upstream on the Arizona-Utah border from reaching levels that would have significant impacts.
Fracking has been present in Colorado since the Wattenberg Gas Field began one of the first large-scale fracking operations in 1973. In this month’s article, we take a deep dive into how much water is used for fracking and how it stacks up to other water use throughout the state.