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Water restrictions to go into effect May 1 in Steamboat Springs

With no end to the drought in sight, Steamboat Springs has joined many other Colorado communities in announcing upcoming water restrictions.

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Stormwater task force starts meeting in Steamboat Springs

A task force composed of 17 engineers, property managers, hydrologists and city officials has embarked on its mission to help the city chart a course for millions of dollars' worth of potential improvements to its stormwater system.

Most area reservoirs expected to fill this summer, but Stagecoach still a question mark

Yamcolo Reservoir, with a capacity of 9,000 acre-feet of water, was tapped early in 2012 when every drop of water committed to agriculture was used.

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Snowpack continues to lag; water restrictions could come to Steamboat Springs earlier this year

Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District General Manager Jay Gallagher said he plans to consult City Council about invoking watering restrictions in Steamboat Springs four to six weeks earlier than in 2012.

Water users in Yampa and Elk river valleys preparing for drought year

Summer 2013 stands to be another like summer 2012, when irrigation water was in tight supply on Elk and Yampa river valleys farms and ranches.

Routt County agencies, agriculture groups refocus on irrigation water measuring devices

Feathers were ruffled in August when eight irrigation ditches in the Elk River Valley were shut down because they didn’t have flow-measuring devices. This year, the Routt County CSU Extension is working to get ahead of the drought.

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Yampa River Basin playing catchup with peak snowpack date of April 11

Time is growing short if the snowpack — water content in the standing snow — surrounding Steamboat Springs is to reach the historic norm by the end of winter.

Western Slope snowpack still below normal

Snowpack in river basins throughout western Colorado is well below average for Jan. 9, but the driest conditions are in the headwaters of the Roaring Fork, Fryingpan and Eagle rivers.

Studies to ramp up in spring for Peabody Energy's planned Trout Creek Reservoir near Steamboat

Planned studies that would look at potential impacts on migratory birds and raptors, ground water, a recreation management plan and a fisheries management plan could get under way in early spring with many more to follow. People have until Feb. 3 to comment on the preliminary plan.

Fish Creek Reservoir, at 41 percent full, expected to recharge Steamboat's water supply this spring

Jay Gallagher of the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District said Monday that although the level of Fish Creek Reservoir could dip to 35 percent by April 1, he is confident the city's primary source of municipal water will fill this spring.

Proposed changes to oil and gas regulations don't address Routt County's main concern

Routt County's proposal would have required energy companies to check for pollutants in new monitoring wells between the oil wells and water wells.

Mountain locations around Steamboat Springs register more than 1 inch of moisture

There is a chance of snow showers in the Elkhead Mountains along the Colorado-Wyoming border in northwest Routt County sometime after midnight Wednesday.

Snow boosts Yamp River, but flows still below average

The Elk River got a bounce out of last week’s twin snowstorms but is not faring as well as the Yampa.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir at lowest level since 2002

Engineers are trying to determine why the dam at the reservoir between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling is settling faster than expected. Denver Water controls 40 percent of the water in Wolford Mountain Reservoir.

Push to test water quality in the Yampa River Basin could expand to groundwater

Water samples are being tested for chemical content, nutrients, E. coli and alkalinity, among other properties.