Colorado Water Trust praises local agencies for leadership, buys water to boost Yampa River


Steamboat Springs — The vigorous but brief rain shower that swept through Steamboat Springs just after dawn Sept. 23 deposited .15 inches of precipitation in a rain gauge between downtown and the ski area, adding a little streamflow to tributaries of the Yampa River. But even when added to the steady rainfall that fell later in the day, it wasn’t enough to reverse the pattern in the Yampa after a summer of sub-par moisture.

Now, the Colorado Water Trust has joined the city of Steamboat Springs, Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District and the Catamount Metropolitan District in ongoing efforts to boost the Yampa’s flows deeper into autumn.

“A healthy Yampa River is important to our community on so many levels,” city of Steamboat Water Resources Manager Kelly Romero-Heaney said. “The city was fortunate to be able to release its Stagecoach Reservoir water this year to improve water quality in the river…”

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Steamboat Today
Tom Ross
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