Verde River snowpack is in great shape, which is good news for Arizona reservoirs

By Ron Dungan
Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 5:07pm
Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2023 - 7:17am

East Verde River
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The East Verde River, a tributary of the Verde River.

The wet winter is unlikely to recharge the state’s largest reservoirs.

But it’s good news for water storage on the Verde River.

The Verde snowpack is higher than it has been in more than a decade and the second highest in 30 years.

That’s the watershed that fills Bartlett and Horseshoe lakes, which have been hard-hit at times in the last couple of decades. Bo Svoma is a meteorologist with SRP. He says in high elevations, the ground is completely covered in snow.

That hasn’t always been the case during the drought.

"The reason why that’s important is because even if we don’t get another storm, another flake or a drop, the Verde River reservoir system will fill up in its entirety, just based on how much snow’s up there already," Svoma said.

He says the Salt River watershed has above average snowpack as well.