Have you noticed water evaporating overnight from your cup at your office? Have you been running a humidifier at home or noticed your plants are in need of more TLC than usual? Yes, it’s been dry in the West … extremely dry … critically dry.
At Western, since we use water from many of the large streams throughout the West, the drought impacts our regions, our communities and our ability to produce hydropower. In fact, our final hydro conditions report for the water year 2012 was less than stellar.
The Nov. 8 Hydro Conditions report (pdf) summarized that most of Western’s hydro projects ended the year with significantly below average inflows and reservoir storage levels. Drought conditions were declared in the Missouri River basin as well as within the Loveland Area Projects.
A quick glance as the U.S. Drought Monitor map from Jan. 1 highlights the extreme impact to Western’s service territory and the entire United States.
So how is the drought impacting you?