2004 Spring Runoff    

As of March 14, 2004, the level of Lake Powell is down to 3585' msl.  It now appears we are headed for our 5th consecutive year of below normal spring runoff with the current snowpack at only 89% of normal and they snow sitting on extremely dry ground.  2004 runoff is likely to be better than 2003 but stilll significantly below normal. 

The Bureau of Reclamation is estimating that the lake will drop to 3580' msl before rising to near 3600' with 2004 spring runoff.

This estimate is subject to revision based on the amount of late season snowfall that falls in March and April.   Typically, the mountain snowpack peaks on April 1st with runoff beginning in mid to late April and lasting until late June.

To read the lastest Bureau of Reclamation water supply report, visit
www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/crsp_cs_gcd.html


To see snowpack information, visit these sites:

www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/snow.gif

www.summittech.com/LakePowell/Snowpack/LP_Snowpack.html

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                   (Elevation and drainage map courtesy of Gerry Nealon)

You can also visit http://www.uc.usbr.gov/wrg/crsp/crsp_40_gc.txt to lmonitor the daily inflow into Lake Powell and the lake elevation.

Inflows into Lake Powell during the current drought have been extremely low.

Lake Powell inflow in 2003 was 53% of average.
Lake Powell inflow in 2002 was 25% of average
Lake Powell inflow in 2001 was 59% of average.
Lake Powell inflow in 2000 was 62% of average. 

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