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.
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.
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.
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.
Routt County's proposal would have required energy companies to check for pollutants in new monitoring wells between the oil wells and water wells.
There is a chance of snow showers in the Elkhead Mountains along the Colorado-Wyoming border in northwest Routt County sometime after midnight Wednesday.
The Elk River got a bounce out of last week’s twin snowstorms but is not faring as well as the Yampa.
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.
Water samples are being tested for chemical content, nutrients, E. coli and alkalinity, among other properties.
The Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday for election staff training.
A planned micro hydropower plant at the proposed dam is projected to generate enough electricity to meet the annual needs of about 125 homes.
Peabody contemplated in April that the reservoir capturing water from both Trout and Middle creeks would store about 11,720 acre-feet of water with a surface area of about 385 acres.
Relief could come Friday night into Saturday when the National Weather Service is predicting a 50 percent chance of showers and an overnight low of 35 degrees.
Some trails will be closed Saturday and Sunday on Emerald Mountain during tree removal operations, according to a news release.
Some of the state’s leading water experts are coming to Steamboat Springs to share their knowledge during a forum Thursday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus.