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North Fork towns consider water conservation measures

In May, the US Department of Agriculture designated Delta and Montrose counties as primary disaster areas due to recent losses and damage caused by the ongoing drought.

In light of the ongoing dry conditions and the end of spring runoff, North Fork area municipalities are considering how best to address possible shortages.

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As drought worsens, Cedaredge officials urge water conservation

Abnormal dryness, or drought, is currently affecting approximately 2.2 million people in Colorado, which is about 44 percent of the state's population. Utility customers within the Town of Cedaredge are part of that 44 percent.

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Drought brings disaster designation for Delta County

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Delta and Montrose counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. The designation follows a similar announcement for Mesa County.

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Cedaredge work session highlights drought concerns

The Town of Cedaredge board of trustees met for a brief executive session and a longer work session on Thursday, May 10. The purpose of the executive session was stated as being "to determine positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations; and instructing negotiators."

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Disaster declaration due to drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Mesa and Otero counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in contiguous counties, including Delta County, also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

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Cedaredge begins Stage 1 of drought response plan

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees recognizes that drought is a natural on-going situation in Colorado and a phenomenon that has recurred regularly throughout Colorado's history, and

WHEREAS, a Drought Response Plan was adopted with Resolution 12-2012 Sept. 20, 2012 and

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Planning for drought and for drier future
Planning for drought and for drier future

Looking up at the Grand Mesa from Grand Junction in early April, it's good to see snow on its flanks. For too much of this past winter, they have been bare. Skiers felt the pain of the dry winter early; fish and ranchers will feel it this summer.

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Farmers, ranchers brace for drought
Farmers, ranchers brace for drought

Western Colorado is facing an "epic" low water year, due to a relatively warm, dry winter. Snowpack in the Upper Gunnison Basin is at 63 percent of average. Grand Mesa is at less than 50 percent, with Surface Creek forecast with one of the lowest runoffs in the state.

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Cedaredge trustees review drought strategies

On Feb. 8 the Cedaredge Board of Trustees held a special meeting and a work session. During the special meeting the trustees unanimously approved a proposal by Mayor Gene Welch to appoint all trustees -- excluding the mayor -- to serve as members of the town administrator application review committee.

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Farmers participate in drought planning effort
Farmers participate in drought planning effort

It's been very dry in Colorado's mountains this fall. It's still early, and the snowpack could catch up to "normal," but when I flew over those mountains on Nov. 15, they were brown. Just the barest dusting of white covered the highest ridges and north-facing slopes.

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