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Dry March takes toll on Colorado's snowpack, raising water supply concerns


DENVER — A dry March has taken a toll on Colorado's snowpack, raising concerns about low streams during the summer and a potential strain on the water supply.

The Denver Post reports ( ) the dry spell melted the statewide snowpack from 87 percent of average at the end of February to 69 percent as of Thursday.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service says snowpack in southwestern Colorado basins has dropped to 55 and 58 percent of average. And in the closely watched Colorado River Basin, snowpack was measured at 76 percent of average.

Western water providers and farmers watch mountain snowpack closely in the spring because it serves as a natural reservoir of stored water. The West relies on snowpack during dry summer months to meet water needs.

Information from: The Denver Post,

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