Drought Virtual Tour

Please note that all stories submitted will be part of the state's official record and subject to the Colorado Open Records Act.

The Drought and Agriculture Impact Task Forces have expanded on a virtual drought tour concept to assess conditions from those most impacted by the 2020 drought and active wildfire season. In lieu of the widely valued 2018 in-person southwestern drought tour, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Department of Agriculture, and Colorado State University Water Center are co-leading a multimedia outreach effort.

The goal is to hear from producers and communities significantly impacted by drought both through this public engagement platform and through local interviews where possible to collect anecdotal reports of drought impacts, conditions, economic challenges, and, especially, adaptive ideas and solutions.

The primary audience for drought impact reports, stories, questions, and suggestions are three interagency drought teams that collectively report to the legislators and Governor on recommended actions. Activity here is closely monitored by CWCB staff.

Your participation can directly inform current and future statewide drought response efforts. Thank you for your willingness to engage!

Please note that all stories submitted will be part of the state's official record and subject to the Colorado Open Records Act.

The Drought and Agriculture Impact Task Forces have expanded on a virtual drought tour concept to assess conditions from those most impacted by the 2020 drought and active wildfire season. In lieu of the widely valued 2018 in-person southwestern drought tour, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Department of Agriculture, and Colorado State University Water Center are co-leading a multimedia outreach effort.

The goal is to hear from producers and communities significantly impacted by drought both through this public engagement platform and through local interviews where possible to collect anecdotal reports of drought impacts, conditions, economic challenges, and, especially, adaptive ideas and solutions.

The primary audience for drought impact reports, stories, questions, and suggestions are three interagency drought teams that collectively report to the legislators and Governor on recommended actions. Activity here is closely monitored by CWCB staff.

Your participation can directly inform current and future statewide drought response efforts. Thank you for your willingness to engage!

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  • 2002 Drought Reboot

    by SolidRock, 6 days ago

    2020 has brought Eight inches of Snow and .45" in May. Then dry, windy weather for three months until the first Sunday of August. That day brought 75 mph vertical winds and 2" hail. All the tree leaves and year old grass were pounded into the ground. The leaves came back half-way and then came the Arctic front and single digit wind chills.

    Still the NOAA records for our district states that we are at 70% to date. According to our personal records we are below 40% normal. When we checked the NOAA records we totaled the rainfall column and... Continue reading

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  • Destroying an ecosystem. A better way?

    by bill, 9 days ago

    I own a home that is along the North Fork of the Colorado River in Grand Lake, Colorado. I have lived there for over 20 years.


    During the week of July 15th, the river was drawn down to the point that any progress toward creating a viable river ecosystem was completely destroyed.


    I understand that water rights on this river can be executed by the owners of those rights. But, to see such a drastic draw down to the point that the river ecosystem is destroyed - is disheartening and I feel - unnecessary!


    Why can't the execution of the... Continue reading

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  • Paving Paradise

    by Timj Nolting, 10 days ago
    My homestead sits in Berthoud. A ten acre alfala crop streaches up the south side dam on Loveland Lake and Ditch Resivior. I am a Stockholder of one share of LLD water. At full capicity, when the lake is asessed in the spring, one Share of stock can be set to as much as 7 acre feet of water per share. This is water that can only be used for agriculture and the stockholders own the real property in where it sits. However, company bilaws are set that there is no possibility of a "majority" stock holder and that no... Continue reading
  • When do we call it something else?

    by DustinStein, 11 days ago

    I'm a first generation ranch manager in Mancos, CO. I currently manage a 1500 acre ranch, half of which is irrigated. I've been in the business for a decade and, in my 10 short years, have gotten whiplash from how extreme all of our weather events have become. In general, our trend has become little to no summer precipitation with no snow cover to several feet of snow cover in the winter. The 2019 spring runoff put the test to all of our diversion structures in the Mancos River but was followed by a total of just over half an... Continue reading

  • Still Average

    by PfzFarms, 23 days ago
    We farm a little over 2000 dryland acres in Northeast Colorado. Precipitation for the year has ranged between 5-7” which is less than half of average. Our early crops didn’t do well do to the heat but that is why we have so many crops in rotation, 15 different crops this year. The interesting part is the “warm” weather crops are doing well for the conditions. We are anticipating at least average yields for millet, sunflowers and dry beans and above average for corn . The use of soil health has made our land much more resilient, the crops can... Continue reading
  • A long concern about the environment in the state

    by consilience2, 23 days ago
    My family has been in the state for over a century. I have heard stories and seen much of the state in at least 3 water basins. A lot of my family has been engaged in agriculture. My involvement with agriculture has not been as deep but my interest in ecosystems has been lifelong. I have spent much of my life involved in biomedical research.


    I have been following science most of my life a believe we have local and global environmental problems. Aridification is certainly one that should concern us. It is strongly related to global warming which we... Continue reading