Monitoring of Colorado’s drought conditions is ongoing and accomplished by regularly scheduled meetings of the Governor’s Water Availability Task Force (WATF). The WATF meets throughout the water year – October through September – to monitor drought information. Meetings are occasionally held in conjunction with the Governor’s Flood Task Force. The WATF monitors conditions that affect Colorado’s water supply, including snowpack, precipitation, reservoir storage, stream flow and weather forecasts. The task force also provides a forum for synthesizing and interpreting potential flood hazard and water availability information. When conditions warrant, the chairs of the WATF work with the Governor’s staff to recommend that the Governor activate the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan, and various impact task forces as necessary. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is the chair of the Wildlife Impact Task Force and participates in the regularly scheduled Water Availability Task Force meetings.
Provided below are Reports of the Statewide Water Availability meetings for the current and previous water year. Files are provided in PDF format and all files open in a new window.
If you have any questions regarding the Water Reports, please contact Tom Schreiner