Weekly Snowpack and River Report

January 14, 2021 - 


Snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed continues to lag behind average levels for this time of the year and is currently at 70% of normal.  Snowfall is absent locally, statewide and across the Intermountain West Region, as indicated by snowpack levels upstream of Lake Powell, also at 70% of normal for this time of the year. Drought conditions continue to intensity across the Upper Colorado River Basin, also due to the lack of precipitation. To compare with mid-January snowpack levels from one year ago, SWE (snow water equivalent) was 109% of normal. With persistent frigid temperatures, anchor ice and bank ice formation remains high in rivers throughout the Roaring Fork Watershed. Anglers and other river users should remain vigilant for possible ice jam releases. Ealier this week, the Roaring Fork River had its third exceptional ice jam release this winter. View ice jam release videos on our Facebook page at

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This month's River Notes

Check out this month's most current news from RFC!

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2020 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Thank you to all the photographers who participated in Roaring Fork Conservancy's 16th Annual Roaring Fork Watershed Photo Contest. Results are in, so check out the winners and their beautiful work!

View all the winning photographs here. 

A special thank you to Jordan Curet, John Newbury and Shannon Outing for judging the photographs, and everyone who voted for the People’s Choice category.

Roaring Fork Conservancy provided an illustrated map of the Roaring Fork Watershed to all winners.  

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Regional water providers collaborate to protect drinking water supplies and need your help

The beautiful area we live, play and work in are headwaters to an abundance of rivers and streams; sources of someone’s drinking water supply.  We all have a responsibility to KEEP IT CLEAN because many people downstream depend on it! How do we educate residents and visitors about protecting these sensitive areas? Read more...

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December 8 is Colorado Gives Day!

Support sound river science, protect critical riparian areas, and educate the next generation of river stewards by making a gift to Roaring Fork Conservancy today!

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Roaring Fork Conservancy

PHONE: (970) 927-1290

PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621

22800 Two Rivers Road
Basalt, CO 81621

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