A Few Lines From the President

Thanks for taking a look at our February newsletter. This time of year, everyone in the water world starts eyeing the snowpack and thinking about what the runoff will look like this spring. It is still early with two of the typically snowiest months, March and April, ahead of us. Presently the Rio Grande basin is looking pretty good at around 107% of normal. However, I looked at the February snowpack level a year ago and it was almost exactly the same at 108%. As we know about that time the weather pattern changed and the snowpack dwindled through March and April instead of increasing, resulting in a minimal runoff. Hopefully this year will be different and we can continue on the current trajectory for a decent spring runoff.

While on the subject of water our chapter is helping to support the Annual Rio Grande State of the Basin Symposium that will be held virtually on March 20. The symposium is free & open to the public. If you are concerned about the water challenges we face in a changing world or want to know what is going on with water in the SLV, you will find the information at this event very interesting. For more information and to register for the event please follow this link.

Our January virtual meeting featured Kevin Terry, TU’s Rio Grande Basin Program Director and chapter board member. Kevin provided an excellent program on cutthroat trout evolution as well as some tips on locations for catching Rio Grande Cutthroat. Thanks to Kevin for his effort in putting this great program together. We are planning a program for February too so please look for information on this month’s program elsewhere in this newsletter. It would be great to see you there!

As the chapter moves forward in these uncertain times please stay tuned for information on upcoming programs and possible workdays.

Stay well and as always thank you for your support of SLV Trout Unlimited!

Thank you,