Survey says: The Black Hills needs more moisture - KOTA Territory News

Survey says: The Black Hills needs more moisture


Even after the latest snowfall, the Black Hills are still lacking moisture.  

A recent snow pack survey in Sundance, Wyoming, showed that although overall liquid moisture is steady, predicted runoff for March and April is below average.

Experts say without more rainfall or heavy wet snow, numerous states will be affected by the lack of irrigation.

"You just pray that we get some more moisture up in the hills," said Water Commissioner for the State of Wyoming, Kody Steinbrecher. "And that it doesn't just run off fast.

Runoff is predicted by measuring the liquid water content from the snow melt.

Surveyors visit specific sites several times a month from December through May, to see how much water will flow into the rivers and reservoirs for irrigation and drinking.

"If it all comes off at the same time then it's just gunna blow past everybody," said Range Management Specialist, Ryan Mar. "And it's not gunna be able to sink into the ground.


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