Forecasters Pessimistic About Overcoming Drought This Year

Forecasters Pessimistic About Overcoming Drought This Year

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- It doesn't look to be a happy new year for the drought in Utah.

Today marks the first day of the new water year and forecasters are not optimistic the drought conditions will improve.

Utah is in its fifth year of drought.

Reservoir capacity is at 10 to 15 percent less than this time last year.

The Sevier Bridge Reservoir is only at one-point-five percent of its capacity and the Bear River system reservoirs are only at 10-to-15 percent capacity.

And soil moisture is low.

Snow surveys show that runoff from the snowpack in the spring never reached streams and reservoirs this year.

Instead, it soaked into the ground, just like this year's rainfall.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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