Snotel Site installed on Elliot Ridge |

Snotel Site installed on Elliot Ridge

During summer, the Natural Resource Conservation Service state snow survey team installed a Snotel site on Elliot Ridge for the Middle Park Conservation District.

The Snotel site equipment will provide data on snow depth, moisture content, temperatures and precipitation. Several pieces of equipment are used to measure this data and record it.

The data is sent using radio transmission by meteor burst to Ogden, Utah, and Boise, Idaho. From there it is sent by cable to the Centralized Forecasting System in Portland, Ore. All Snotel sites are interrogated daily.

The information is vital to landowners who anticipate irrigation water from snow melt each spring. Other Snotel sites in the region are located at Summit Ranch in Summit County, Lynx Pass in Routt County and Buffalo Park in Grand County.

The total cost of the project was $16,000.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board provided $8,000 of the cost with a contribution to the Conservation District in November 2007.

The remainder of the cost was provided by three local landowners making contributions: Blue Valley Ranch, Flanigan Land and Cattle LLC, Shadow Creek Ranch and Middle Park Conservation District.