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Salt River Project Reservoirs Holding Up During Drought

Arizona experienced the second-driest runoff season on record in 2021, but Salt River Project reservoirs are still in good shape.

As the drought continues, reservoirs in the Colorado River basin have dropped, triggering a drought contingency plan.

But the Salt and Verde river reservoirs are about 67% full.

Recent studies suggest that because winter runoff occurs earlier in the Salt River basin, when temperatures are cooler, evaporation rates are lower.

Although users can count on full allocations of water this year, SRP still encourages water conservation.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.