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Snowtography Comes to SJWCD

Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) has identified a snowtography location on Jackson Mountain in San Juan Water Conservancy District. The installation is complete and snow data will be collected this winter. Mountain Studies Institute will describe the project to San Juan Water Conservancy District at its Special Meeting on November 16, 2023.

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According to MSI, there’s an emerging snowtography network that’s happening in Colorado and across the West. Snowtography will inform decisions on how to manage forests and answer questions such as how the amount and location of trees impacts snow accumulation, retention, and ablation (melting/sublimating). With a changing climate, measuring and modeling the amount of snow we receive can support decisions to ensure water resources and ecosystem health, and in turn, our health. Eventually, data gleaned from snowtography can help determine how we approach forest health, wildfire mitigation, and riparian restoration. Contact to learn more and volunteer.