Hydrology

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Upper Colorado River Basin Hydrology

The Upper Colorado River Basin regularly experiences significant year to year hydrologic variability. During the 17-year period 2000 to 2015, however, the unregulated inflow to Lake Powell, which is a good measure of hydrologic conditions in the Colorado River Basin, was above average in only 3 out of the past 17 years. The period 2000-2016 is the lowest 17-year period since the closure of Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, with an average unregulated inflow of 8.57 maf, or 79% of the 30-year average (1981-2010). (For comparison, the 1981-2010 total water year average is 10.83 maf.) The unregulated inflow during the 2000-2016 period has ranged from a low of 2.64 maf (24% of average) in water year 2002 to a high of 15.97 maf (147% of average) in water year 2011. [1]

Current Status
Current Operations Inflow Forecasts
and Model Projections

Updates

USBR Weekly Water Reports

  1. Reservoir inflows (forecast and observed)
  2. Reservoir releases
  3. SNOTEL
  1. Water use

USBR Monthly/Annual Reports

Snow Pack Reports

U.S. Drought Monitor


Water Flow Gages

Presentations and Papers

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