This spring 4-H members of the Tri-River Area Livestock Judging Teams have competed in contests held across Colorado. The teams are comprised of members from Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties.
This winter's lackluster snow pack was well below average and has melted about four to six weeks earlier than usual. Phyllis Philipps, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) state conservationist, reported that "statewide snowpack looks to have peaked around March 12, a month ahead of the average peak date, and began melting in late March at rates typically not observed until May."
A new National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) committed to improving impaired waterways in Colorado has recently been announced. NWQI allows Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado to focus technical and financial resources in our priority watersheds.
By George Sibley
Gunnison Basin Roundtable Education Committee
Officials across the state, from Grand Junction to Greeley, and even Governor Hickenlooper, have declared 2012 to be the "Year of Colorado Water" — despite the alarming absence of that "guest of honor." Currently, all the river basins in Colorado are well below the average winter precipitation that is the state's — and the whole Southwest's — primary source of water.