"There is a perception that we are A-OK and we're not," said Uncompahgre Valley Water Users' Association Manager Marc Catlin.
"Since March 10, snow pack has gone from 93 percent to 84 percent.The Gunnison River was running 500 cfs (cubic feet per second) on March 10 and it's running 1,450 cfs today.
"It's too hot and it looks a lot like '02," Catlin
"It looks like we have the snow and we do, but when you get these 80 degree temperatures and a breeze, you get a natural transmountain diversion," Catlin
said."It melts here and rains in Denver."
Reservoir levels are also looking more promising than last year but should not be relied on to provide the entirety of irrigation water throughout the season.
"Taylor Park is full now, but it was full in '02," Catlin
said, adding that Taylor Park was drained down to near dead storage levels in 2002 to keep farmers' fields wet.
stressed that area residents should continue to practice water conservation to help stretch the current supply as far as possible.
"We will do what we can to let people in the community know that the drought is not over.I don't want to be the doomsayerŠbut let's not go back to thinking that water is a luxury."Catlin
While the hot and dry weather may put a damper on late-season water supplies, Catlin
said that ditches would begin running without restrictions or percentages.