Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper rolled out a first-of-its kind water plan Wednesday, a draft plan to address the state’s projected future water shortage.
Parts of Colorado are still very dry but the state no longer has any areas with the most severe drought conditions.
A generous monsoon has helped ease drought conditions in Colorado and the Southwest, but parts of the hard-hit southern Plains still have a long way to go.
After the Alkali Fire charred roughly 21,000 acres of brush and grass in northwestern Colorado last month, the state’s so-far timid wildfire season limped meekly through July. Colorado’s wildfire season in 2014 has been very mild by comparison.
An active month with heavy monsoon rainfall has pushed July 2014 into the top 10 wettest on record for Denver.
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The snowpack atop mountain peaks in California and Colorado has a new set of eyes watching from high above to better gauge the amount of water that will rumble down rivers and streams each spring as runoff.
Many factors will play into this year’s fire season, including drought, winter snow and this summer’s weather pattern.
It’s ironic and convenient they are located in Boulder where the flood did some of its worst damage. They are analyzing all the data to determine whether this is truly the 100-year flood or brought on by climate change.
Until last week, drought had been Longmont farmer Bill Haserbush’s biggest concern.