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Weekly water roundup: January 1 snowpack forecast, Ouray ice festival, Trappers Lake cutthroat


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Short takes from the past week in Colorado water:

January 1 snowpack forecast

The Natural Resources Conservation Service released their river basin outlook reports on Friday. Here in Colorado the Arkansas, South Platte and Rio Grande basins are looking at a runoff close to average. Northwest Colorado -- including the Colorado, Yampa, White, Laramie and North Platte -- can expect lower than average runoff.

2010 Ouray Ice Festival wraps up

The festival ended yesterday with Josh Wharton of Rifle repeating as men's champion and Ines Papert of Germany winning the women's division.

Trappers Lake brook trout control

Despite there being no possibility of eliminating the non-native Brook trout population in Trappers Lake the state of Colorado is netting the fish to reduce their numbers. That relieves pressure on the Colorado River Cutthroat population in the lake. A Meeker food bank is benefitting from donations of the culled fish.

For more info: I follow Colorado water issues at Coyote Gulch.

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