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Old 06-27-2012, 02:22 PM
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We are planning on a move to Ft. Collins spring of 2013. The present fire danger doesn't concern us as much as the possibility of water shortages in the years to come. From what we have learned the drought that Colorado has been experiencing will only get worse. One is the biggest worries right now is the reservoirs, though presently full for 2012 will be seriously low in 2013 if there continues to be little snow pack and moisture. Where is the area headed if this trend continues? The bottom line is this....where will drinking water come from if reservoirs will be drying up for lack of mountain snow and precipitation? I know this is a worse case scenario and though most will just say, Don't worry we won't run out of water, that optimism doesn't help us much. We are not alarmists, so information backed by hard facts is what we need most right now. No one can read a crystal ball as to what tomorrow brings, but there has to be data that shows trends in helping one know where we could be going with all this if the drought continues as forecaster say for years to come. For those who are already living in the Front Range you have to be optimistic, but for those of us who aren't and trying to decide where to retire to it is more important so that we make the best possible decision long term.
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:57 PM
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Rather than repeat what is a long and complicated discussion, read this thread from start to finish:

Colorado and the West is running out of water . . .

As for the drought forecasts, about the best you can get is found here:

Climate Prediction Center - Expert Assessments: United States Seasonal Drought Outlook

Any forecasting beyond that is mostly speculation, though it appears that an El Niño event may be developing, which typically means a wetter than normal winter in at least southern and much of western Colorado. Another year of drought will absolutely put Colorado's back against the wall with water supplies, as much of Colorado's reservoir storage is going to be seriously depleted this year--to the point that it may take three years of normal precipitation to refill many of them.
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