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September 29, 2022 at 10:30am
Streams throughout the Roaring Fork Watershed are flowing 64-99% of normal; the exception remains the managed lower Fryingpan River which is flowing 145% of normal for this time of the year. This is due to releases from Ruedi Reservoir continuing to fulfill a senior water call on the lower Colorado River. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the entire Roaring Fork Valley is still experiencing abnormally dry conditions (the lowest intensity of drought). Rain in the forecast over the next several days is coming at a good time in the water year. Why? The more wet soils are heading into winter (which equates to low or no drought conditions), the less snowmelt they will absorb next spring, thus a robust runoff.
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