The economic aspects of snow

TitleThe economic aspects of snow
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1949
AuthorsBurdick, R. T.
Conference Name17th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 17th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1949
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationDenver, Colorado
KeywordsEconomics, Runoff, Snowmelt

Irrigation in many areas depends largely on water stored in the form of snow. The average precipitation during May to August at Montrose, Colorado is 37% during which period the flow in the Gunnison River is 67.4%. The delay of nearly 33% of the streamflow is attributed to snow accumulation. The result of experimental timber cutting at the Rocky Mountain Forest & Range Experiment Station at Fort Collins indicate that moisture stored can be increased approximately 25% by planned cutting on dense, high altitude forest lands. The Forest Service anticipates that timber cutting experiments may change the early snow melt and increase the streamflow through fall. Snow is an important economic consideration in the generation of power by streams.