Loss of manual snow course readings has water managers looking for replacement data

Slade Connell, left, and Richard Overholt of the City of Grand Junction take a core sample of the snow pack on Grand Mesa last winter during a monthly survey of the amount and moisture content of the snow. The city monitors 10 manual snow sites on Grand Mesa.



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Slade Connell, left, and Richard Overholt of the City of Grand Junction take a core sample of the snow pack on Grand Mesa last winter during a monthly survey of the amount and moisture content of the snow. The city monitors 10 manual snow sites on Grand Mesa.

The history of water in western Colorado can be found in the well-kept records of manual snow surveys dating back to the 1930s. At one time, well before satellites and computers, two-person…




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