Federal report: Utah water outlook ‘above average’

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new federal report says Utah’s water supply conditions are above average for 2011 thanks to ample snowpack. The Deseret News of Salt Lake City says the Natural Resources Conservation Service report says the seasonal accumulation of precipitation between October to April was at 142 percent of normal. Reservoir storage is currently at 71 percent of capacity statewide. The report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency says April will be a key swing month for snowmelt runoff – a fact that has Utah water managers thinking about flooding. Weber Basin Water Conservancy District Manager Tage Flint says flows from reservoirs to rivers will be reduced to counter flood concerns. He says that will reduce immediate risks, but won’t help reservoirs absorb snowmelt later.

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