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Every year in late spring and early summer, Rocky Mountain snowmelt travels downstream where it intercepts a series of dams, reservoirs, and diversions. This section of the Platte River is the major source for crop irrigation across the arid landscapes of eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska.

Continue the story here to follow a snowflake from the Colorado Rockies through Wyoming dams and reservoirs to fields in the Nebraska panhandle.

Sierra Harris was a PBT intern and staff member from 2011 through 2014 while she was a student in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s School of Natural Resources.

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