More snow means more runoff

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Snow projected to hit Colorado will only improve an already impressive snowpack, which could make for an interesting spring and summer.

Snowpack levels are high for right now. Ute Water pulls from reservoirs on the Grand Mesa, and they said their stock up there is more than 140 percent full, a stark difference from the year before.

"Last year we experienced the second worst drought on record," said Andrea Lopez, of Ute Water.

In 2018 around March, there were about six inches of water from the snow on the Mesa. Now, there is more like 20. In 2010, there were ten inches. Numbers are looking good for now. However, heavy spring runoff could be possible.

Many scientists said the faster-moving water can take away some of the bacteria, fungi and silt away from the river, but the Colorado River District said that can be a good thing for some fish species.

However, if it melts faster than anticipated, that could mean some localized flooding. Right now, we're on target for an average runoff season.

A recent study of the Colorado River shows streamflow declined by more than 16 percent in 100 years.

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