On a rainy day like today, I can’t help but think about the amount of water that we have in the Valley. With this being such a wet summer and winter, it is obviously doing wonders to the water supply that was destroyed by the previous two years. Obviously the UGRWCD has kept pretty key information about the water supply in our area, but there is a slight disturbing trend to be seen in these files. While there is currently enough water to satisfy most of the water rights in the valley, there is a water rights system in place for a reason. UGRWCD and other conservancy districts have documents that they produce each year that measure the projected depletions for certain water rights. These kind of documents are very apparent throughout the Water Supply category, which just goes to show real proof of the fact that no everyone gets water each year or for the entire year.
The documents on water supply also have interesting information in the form of data sheets. While these are very long and sometimes impossible to even understand, the summaries are where the real information lies. In here we can see rain and snow summaries for each month depending on the year. This section also shows that water rights system in action. I have learned a lot about how the system works, but it is interesting to be able to read through these documents and see what it is we were talking about. This also continues into the thousands of applications present in the website, but that is something that we will have to discuss in another topic.