Forum set to review snowpack, future Yampa River challenges |

Forum set to review snowpack, future Yampa River challenges

A Steamboat State of the River Forum will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. A free chili supper will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m.

Retired state climatologist Nolan Doesken will discuss how this winter unfolded and the weather patterns that have created a low snow year on par with the record drought year of 2002.

Also speaking will be Andy Mueller, new general manager of the Colorado River District. Mueller will highlight river district priorities surrounding irrigated agriculture and Lake Powell, as well as talk about operations of Wolford Mountain and Elkhead reservoirs. 

Other presenters include the following.

  • Kevin McBride, manager of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, who will talk about snowpack and reservoir operations;
  • Zack Smith, of the Colorado Water Trust, who will discuss the Yampa River water leasing program;
  • Erin Light, Division 6 engineer, who will address water administration;
  • Jackie Brown, chair of the Yampa-White-Green River Roundtable, who will give an update on water resources planning and actions. 

The meeting is sponsored by the Community Agriculture Alliance, the Colorado River District, the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District and the Yampa-White-Green River Roundtable.

Crane coalition unveils writing competition, new scholarship

Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, presenter of the annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival, is sponsoring a new writing contest open to all high school seniors in Routt and Moffat counties. Interested high school seniors are invited to submit an original piece of writing inspired by the Greater Sandhill Cranes of the Yampa Valley to

The writing may take the form of the following styles.

  • Poetry: a group of three poems
  • Fiction: a short story or one-act play between 750 and 1,500 words
  • Non-fiction: a personal or academic essay between 750 and 1,500 words.

The work must be original and accurately reflect the physical characteristics, behavior and habitat of the species. CCCC will have the right to use all submissions, with appropriate author credit, for publicity purposes.

The first-prize award is a $1,500 scholarship. Second and third place winners will receive a certificate and a book about cranes.

Deadline for submissions is April 1. Judges, who will be selected by the CCCC Board of Directors, will determine the winners, who will be announced by May 31. The first prize award is dependent on the winner’s acceptance into a continuing education institution. If the winner is not registered by Nov. 1, the scholarship will be awarded in sequence to a runner-up who can qualify.

Visit for complete contest guidelines.

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