Though Surface Creek Valley has experienced an on-time and much needed monsoon rainy season beginning in July, local conditions still warrant the Town of Cedaredge keeping its Stage I drought declaration in effect, the town trustees heard on July 18.
In response to a constituent's question at the trustees' regular meeting, Public Works Director Dave Smith reported that there are some water shortages being experienced in the local agriculture sector.
In addition, on the statewide level, 38 counties including Delta have been declared eligible for disaster drought assistance from the federal government, Smith noted.
Smith said that some springs in the Ward Creek drainage "are drying up," but that the Surface Creek drainage "is doing better."
Town crews have been at work making repairs and improvements to the raw water collection system as directed by a Stage I drought declaration.
"The drought plan is actually working,' Smith said, "We're doing okay." Residents are using less water through voluntary conservation, although he added, "Ground water is depleting on Grand Mesa."blog comments powered by Disqus