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Colorado Recovering from Drought

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State water officials say Colorado is "recovering but not recovered" from a historic drought.

The drought has cost the state an estimated $1.1 billion in agriculture, tourism and recreation.

Deputy state engineer Jack Byers told state lawmakers Thursday that tourism and recreation are making a comeback from the drought, but farmers and ranchers are still trying to recover.

Byers says that at one point, the state was down 1.7 million acre-feet of water in reservoirs that can hold up to 7 million acre-feet. He says the state is still about 200,000 acre-feet short.

An acre-foot is enough water to serve one to two average households for one year.


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