Water levels in Black Hills snow pack below average - KOTA Territory News

Water levels in Black Hills snow pack below average


Liquid moisture levels in the Black Hills may indicate a drought throughout KOTA Territory.

A recent snow pack survey for the month of April shows water equivalent in snow is below average in many locations.

Only two of the 10 surveyed sites are at, or above average in liquid moisture content, which is measured in inches and compared to the last 30 years.

The Bear Lodge Divide is 1.1 inches above average in snow water equivalent. Little Bear Run is exactly on par with last year.

Blind Park, Ditch Creek, Mallo, Mount Tom, North Rapid Creek, Reuter Canyon, Cole Canyon, and Upper Spearfish are all below average.

Cole Canyon is experiencing the most significant deficit, with just over half the amount of inches of water during April last year.

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

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