Drought conditions have developed throughout Colorado to the degree that counties in the southern half of the state and along the western border are likely to see impacts to water supplies, our natural environments, and society. As a result on May 2, 2018, in response to persistent and prolonged precipitation deficits in portions of the state, the Governor activated the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan for the agricultural sector in the following counties:
Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Las Animas, Baca, Prowers, Bent, Otero, Huerfano, Alamosa, Rio Grande, Mineral, Hinsdale, San Juan, Dolores, San Miguel, Ouray, Montrose, Saguache, Custer, Pueblo, Crowley, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Lincoln, El Paso, Elbert, Gunnison, Mesa, Delta, Garfield, Rio Blanco.
All of these counties are experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional drought as classified by the US Drought Monitor, and many have already received some level of drought designation from USDA. If present trends continue, other regions and sectors of the state's economy may also be affected. We will continue to monitor conditions in those areas.
This website serves to provide information regarding State level response to these drought conditions. While activation is currently limited to the agricultural sector, the state also maintains www.COH2O.co to support information on municipal watering restrictions. That site includes a search feature where individuals can look up how their specific providers are responding to the drought. The site also includes a drought meter with links to relevant monitoring information.
Documents and information pertaining to the State’s drought response during this activation are posted below. For additional information on statewide drought planning efforts please look at the State’s Drought Mitigation and Response Plan.
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