In 2018, the main stem of the Yampa River had its first-ever call. Shortly after, in 2020, the second. These administrations on the river meant that junior water right holders had to stop using their water until more senior water right holders received their allotted water.
Recently, Routt and Moffat Counties were identified as “hot spots” for increased temperatures. Hotter temperatures cause more evaporation and thirstier soils and vegetation that uptake more water. These conditions can lead to drought and further water scarcity. As we experience first-hand the changing climate in the Yampa Valley, we need to be ready to adapt. Water conservation practices can help us prepare for this new normal.
To address water scarcity and adapt to our changing local climate, YVSC has partnered with the City of Steamboat Springs, Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District and Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation to implement equity education and outreach for the 2020 Water Conservation Plan. Be on the lookout for upcoming workshops, training, and ways to get engaged in water conservation.