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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Snowpack hits average peak early this year

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Earlier this week, Colorado’s snowpack hit 100 percent of average. Experts think this bodes well for this summer’s water supply.

Snowpack refers to the amount of water contained in the snow. It usually reaches its peak in early April. But this year, Colorado already has the typical peak amount, and it’s only February.

“Something that does distinguish this season is that the storms that we had in December and especially January provided denser, thicker snow and that came with a lot of water,” said Joel Gratz, meteorologist from opensnow.com.

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This doesn’t necessarily mean terrific ski conditions, but rivers and streams aren’t as picky as skiers and riders.

“The chances are quite high that we’ll have full reservoirs and full rivers this summer, and that’s just great news because the more water - aside from flooding concerns - the better in the arid west,” Gratz said.

Colorado is usually at about 67 percent of snowpack at this point in the winter.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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