Colorado snowpack declines to 115 percent of average |

Colorado snowpack declines to 115 percent of average

The Associated Press
Lakewood, CO Colorado

The spring melt is under way in the Colorado mountains and the statewide snowpack has begun to decline.

The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service said Friday the statewide snowpack has fallen to 115 percent of average, from 123 percent on April 1 and 135 percent in March.

The second half of April was drier than normal, with no significant additional snow.

The outlook for the state’s water supply is still excellent despite the declining percentages, said Allen Green, state conservationist with the NRCS.

The Gunnison River Basin in southwest Colorado had the highest snowpack compared with average, at 136 percent. The Arkansas Basin was at 131 percent and the Colorado was at 120 percent.

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