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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer The spillway at Fruitgrowers Reservoir shows that the valuable spring runnoff water should be available to irrigators soon.

The water picture for the coming year has a definitely positive look at present.

Though February hasn't been a good month for adding to the Grand Mesa snowpack, water supplies there are above normal for this time of year. The water year is moving into a time when weather patterns are looked to for some late-season storms bringing heavy, moisture-laden snowfalls to the mountain reserves.

The Cedaredge water office reports that snow pack levels for the local basin (Surface Creek, Ward Creek, Kiser Creek, and the Granbys) stand at 111 percent of normal for this time of year.

Water content at the key Park Reservoir gauging station is at 19.7 inches of water equivalent, compared with 17.8 inches normal for this stage in the water year.

The water year started with a 39 percent storage capacity carryover from the previous year.

As of last Friday, water supplies in Fruitgrowers Reservoir also looked good. The reservoir is filling and is expected to be "topped off" soon. It stood at about a foot from full.

Water managers were looking forward to the "topping off" of the reservoir which will then be followed by the much anticipated early spring runoff irrigation water flows that many valley ag producers depend on.

Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Fruitgrowers Reservoir though still frozen over last weekend, is filling and near full.
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