Utah’s grim water outlook

Snowpack in Utah is 67 percent of normal, almost as bad as last year's 58 percent of normal. But this year, the added factor of low reservoir levels is painting a grim water outlook.
Snowpack (water equivalent)
20 inches

Soil moisture
80 percent saturation

30-year average
15

70

30-year average

60 10

5

Current water year

50

40

Current water year
O N D J F M A M J J A S

0

Jan

Feb

Mar Apr

May Jun

30

Precipitation
150 percent
Monthly Year to date

Reservoirs (percent of capacity)
Last year
Statewide SW Utah Upper Sevier Lower Sevier Price Basin Duchesne Basin Provo Basin Weber/ Ogden Bear River

Current year

120

90

60

30

0

Oct

Nov

Dec Jan

Feb

Mar

0

20

40

60

80

100

Source: Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Salt Lake Tribune

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