Let it snow,
let it snow
Express Staff Writer
Ranger Station reported that by the end of the last snow storm Monday, 25
inches of snow was on the ground in Ketchum.
of snow is approximately equivalent to 2.5 inches of water.
recent snowfalls translate into water for irrigation is hard to tell at
Peterson, the secretary for Water District 37 and 37M of the Big Wood
River, said her office "doesn’t project or predict."
snow, she said, "it could still be a bad year, or it could turn
around and be a good year. God only knows."
Harmon, the water master for Magic Reservoir, and Bob Simpson, the water
master of the Little Wood Reservoir, were unavailable for comment about
snowpack at their reservoirs.
the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
reported that this fall’s and winter’s precipitation is 114 percent
above average for the Big and Little Wood water basins.
to look at the impact of the snowfall is the number of truckloads the city
of Ketchum has so far hauled off its streets—850 truckloads between
Sunday and Tuesday.
city administrator Jim Jaquet said each truckload is about 20 cubic yards
math, the volume of snow so far removed from the streets of Ketchum is
equivalent to a foot of water covering 10 football fields or approximately
10 acre feet.
hires private contractors to dump the snow in a field west of the bike
path where it intersects with Serenade Lane.
the city spent $125,442 in the winter of ‘96-’97 to clear snow.
since that winter, the city has budgeted $175,000 for snow removal.
the city spent $46,576.