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NRCS measures Colorado snowpack

9:24 PM, Dec 31, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Measuring the state's snowpack is the first step in planning water supplies for the summer.

Measurement started on Tuesday with teams taking their first measurements for 2014 at Berthoud Pass.

The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service operates more than 200 collection sites statewide.

The information they collect helps determine how much drinking water and irrigation water will be available next summer.

But the use of the data doesn't stop there.

"If you're using this data for your ski report, you're our customer," William Shoup with the NRCS said. "If you're using this data to see what conditions are like before you bring your family across, you're our customer. So, we try and really key into who our users are -and know who our users are."

So far, the news on snowpack is good.

Colorado is at a normal level for this time of the year. That means if things keep up for the next few months, Colorado could end up with a higher-than-normal snowpack.

Measurements will continue on through April.

Find out more about the NRCS here: http://1.usa.gov/1k5eQ4N.

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