Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking visitors to John Martin Reservoir State Park to help protect two rare birds that nest on its shores.
Drought conditions that began to increase in December continue to impact the state, with nearly one-third of Colorado in the extreme or exceptional categories.
Since March, the United States Department of Agriculture and the US Small Business Administration have issued primary disaster designations for 24 of Colorado's 66 counties due to drought impacts (one additional county was designated by the SBA only), with another 18 counties eligible for assistance since they share a border with at least one primary county.
Residents of Southeast Colorado are invited by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to register now for our annual Southeast Region Outdoor Adventure Weekend at John Martin Reservoir State Park.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide until sunset Tuesday, May 22, 2018, to honor the victims of the tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas, and as proclaimed by President Trump.
Conditions Report - Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
While southwest Colorado continues to suffer under the worst category of drought conditions, the northeast portion of the state showed improvement following an increase in spring rain and thunderstorms.
Abnormally dry conditions continued to recede from the northeast, leaving more than 20 percent of the state free from drought. Moderate drought was also in decline for Adams, Arapahoe and northern Elbert county, moving those areas into abnormally dry conditions. Severe drought dropped to moderate conditions in parts of Elbert and Lincoln counties.