Dillon Reservoir levels worry many

10:45 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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At the Dillon Marina, manager Bob Evans is always watching the weather and right now he's looking for snow.

"I'm working on projections trying to figure out what's going on with the weather, the water and what I need to do in the spring," Evans said.

Outside temperatures are warm and water levels in the reservoir are dropping. The state's snowpack is half of what it should be for this time of year. Some are starting to worry that if the snow doesn't fall soon many reservoirs may not fill this spring.

"I'm getting a little worried," Evans said.

After a dry early season, crews at the marina are planning for the worst by moving ramps and docks into deeper water. Dillon Reservoir has a lot of shoreline with water levels down 25 feet. It's supposed to be down only 35 feet by the end of winter.

"The best Christmas present I can get would be to get 2 feet of snow up here," Evans remarked.

If the state manages even an average snow year the chances for filling Dillon are pretty good, at around 79 percent. But that snow needs to fall.

"The jet stream is supposed to be changing. That's going to produce some snow. Sunday or Monday we may see a change. It can't keep going north all winter long," Evans said.

Dillon Reservoir has seen worse. In 2003, it was 55 feet down and was still filled thanks to heavy spring snow storms.

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