Drought Response Information Project (DRIP)

The Drought Response Information Project is a cooperative effort between the water providers in the Grand Valley to educate and inform water consumers about drought, how to use water wisely in your home, business, and landscape, and to keep consumers updated in the latest in water supply and drought information.

Our members include the City of Grand Junction Water, Ute Water Conservancy District, Clifton Water District, the Town of Palisade, and the Colorado State University Extension.

Spreading the Word

As Flo and the Flock get ready to kick off year number two, spreading the “conserve water” word, we wanted to remind everyone to be on the look out for bright pink flamingos.  Flo will be all over the Grand Valley again this summer.

A typical flamingo flock is only several dozen members. Flocks of up to a million or more have been recorded!  We don’t want to be the typical flock.  Join the Flock.   “Like” us on Facebook  

Flo at the Fair

                          Fun at the Fair 2013

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  Random Flo Fun  

Filthy 5k 2013

                                 Filthy 5K 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

January & February Snow Reports

Snow Data for the January 2014 report was collected on 2/11/14.  Snow conditions were much better and measurements were taken at all sites.  Recent storms helped improve the moisture content over the last months.

January snow report

Snow Data for the February 2014 report was collected on 3/5/14.  Snow is average for this time of year.

February snow report


City of Grand Junction Snow Reports

The snow depth continues to be above normal at 122 percent.  Water content is still below average at 82 percent.  Due to poor snow conditions, Carson Lake and Chamber Reservoir were not included in the December report.

Snow Nov 2013

SNOW December 2014

November 2013 Drought Update

Continued precipitation across much of the state has led to significant improvements in most of Colorado. However the Arkansas basin is still experiencing exceptional, D4, drought conditions. Storage levels are strong and better than they were this time last year, easing concerns of municipal providers. Early season snow has been decent, but long range forecasts paint an unclear picture as to what we can expect throughout the winter months. Click Here for a full update on the State of Colorado’s drought status.


With the holidays upon us, many of use will be traveling along I-70 past the Shoshone power plant. Compared to other major hydro power projects, Shoshone may not be as significant when it comes to putting power back on the grid. However, “Shoshone” is a biblical word in the water industry. This is a great little article on Shoshone and how it influences which continental direction the Colorado River will flow in the State of Colorado.

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Interstate 70 through Colorado

This small hydroplant, tucked away behind I-70 in Glenwood Canyon can be hard to spot– many drive right past without knowing its there– but, thanks to its water right, Shoshone has a big impact. Listen to our latest show in the radio series Connecting to Drops to hear about the critical role Xcel Energy’s Shoshone plays on the upper Colorado.

From the article, Phoning for Flows, in the Summer 2011 issue of Headwaters magazine.

The single most important water right in understanding management of the Colorado River, however, is far from the oldest. It belongs to the Shoshone hydroelectric plant in Glenwood Canyon. Driving through the canyon since the completion of Interstate 70, it’s easy to miss the pumpkin pie-colored buildings now located below road grade. Water people don’t. They understand the influence of the water rights there, which affect the distribution of water both east to Denver and west…

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Grand Valley’s Stage I Drought Status Lifted

Bookcliffs in the Grand ValleyThe Drought Response Information Project (DRIP) placed the Grand Valley under Stage I Drought status in June of 2012. Our community was asked to voluntarily reduce their water usage during a time that snowpack measurements, river flows, reservoir levels and precipitation remained at a record low. In 2013, most communities across the State of Colorado were placed under some level of drought status – meaning voluntary and mandatory water restrictions. Water providers patiently awaited the unknown as our State was faced with severe drought conditions, destructive wildfires and just recently the devastating floods.

DRIP is a collaboration of the four Grand Valley water utilities; City of Grand Junction, Clifton Water District, Town of Palisade and Ute Water Conservancy District. DRIP was established following the “Drought of 2002” in an effort to actively respond and educate our local community on drought conditions from year-to-year. This year, DRIP launched the trendy “Join the Flock” water conservation campaign which was based on “Flo the Pink Flamingo”. Hundreds of free pink flamingos were handed out at local events as our community embraced outdoor water conservation through the use of social media. Participants became water conservation ambassadors, within their own neighborhoods, as they displayed Flo the Flamingo and yard signs in their water saving landscapes.

Over Looking The Grand ValleyThere are two stages of drought identified in the Grand Valley’s Drought Response Plan. Each of the two stages are initiated through different triggers such as snowpack levels, flows in the Colorado River, compact calls or reservoir levels which supply the Grand Valley with municipal water. Stage I Drought status is a voluntary effort made by consumers to reduce their water usage. Stage II Drought status enforces mandatory water restrictions which are enforced by aggressive drought water rates. The Grand Valley has never experienced Stage II Drought status.

As a result of our current conditions, DRIP is relaxing Stage I Drought status in the Grand Valley. Representatives of the local water providers encourage their consumers to continue their water conservation efforts. These efforts should maintain the new normal in our water using habits. The Grand Valley is a semiarid climate with many of the residential and commercial landscapes being non-native to our environment. There is no clear forecast on what our water season will look like in 2014. -Submitted by Joseph R. Burtard


Flo and friends have teamed up with four local builders and the HBA of Northwestern Colorado to promote water conservation!

Bell Homes, Paul’s Residential Construction, Senergy Builders and Steady Construction will have Flo posted outside each of their new homes on the 2013 Parade of Homes tour.  The builders have committed  to conserving water through smart building practices, xeriscape landscaping and/or decreasing lawn size.  This year’s Parade of Homes is September 27th – 29th and October 5th – 6th.  For more information on the Parade of Homes visit their web site


                     001 310 Boulder Rd                                                                           010319 Green River Rd

    005 1483 Adobe Falls Way

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