Lack of water in the snowpack on southern Utah watersheds is even more critical this year than in early December a year ago, ranging from a low of just 23 percent of average on the southeastern Utah Watershed to a high of only 60 percent on the Sevier River Watershed.

Water content averages on the other watersheds are the Dirty Devil River, 36 percent; Price-San Rafael, 38 percent; Escalante River, 43 percent; Virgin River, 52 percent; Beaver River, 61 percent; and the Green River, 62 percent.Only a few snow-reporting stations registered more than 5 inches of water in the snowpack and many recorded less than 2 inches. A few are completely lacking in snow.Snowpack water and percentages of average at stations on each of the watersheds were as follows:

Southeastern Utah - LaSal Mountain, 1.2 inches, 50 percent; Camp Jackson, 0.3 inches, 7 percent; and East Willow Creek, 0.9 inches, 3.7 percent.

Dirty Devil River - Donkey Reservoir, 0.7 inches, 38 percent; Black Flat-U.M. Creek, 0.2 inches, 10 percent; and Dill's Camp, 1.6 inches, 52 percent.

Price-San Rafael - Seeley Creek, 1.8 inches, 46 percent; Buck Flat, 2.0 inches, 58 percent; Red Pine Ridge, 1.3 inches, 36 percent; Mammoth-Cottonwood, 1.3 inches, 36 percent; and White River No. 1, 0.5 inches, 14 percent.

Escalante River - Donkey Reservoir, 0.7 inches, 1.8 percent; and Widstoe No. 3, 1.0 inches, 46 percent.

Virgin River - Midway Valley, 3.1 inches, 61 percent; Kolob, 3.0 inches , 77 percent; Webster Flat, 2.4 inches, 60 percent; Harris Flat, 0.6 inches, 33 percent; Long Flat, Long Valley Junction and Little Grassy, no snowpack water.

Beaver River - Big Flat, 3.0 inches, 85 percent; Merchant Valley, 1.1 inches, 35 percent.

Green River - Steel Creek Park, 2.7 inches, 48 percent; Hewinta, 1.6 inches, 79 percent; Trout Creek, 2.6 inches, 76 percent; Hole-in-the-Rock, 1.5 inches, 100 percent; Hickersons Park, 0.6 inches, 30 percent; and King's Cabin, 2.3 inches, 65 percent.

Sevier River - Midway Valley, 3.1 inches, 61 percent; Farnsworth Lake, 4.6 inches, 94 percent; Pickle Keg, 2.4 inches, 59 percent; Castle Valley, 1.0 inch, 29 percent; Widstoe 31.0 inches, 46 percent; Kimberly Mine, 3.2 inches, 127 percent; Box Creek, 2.6 inches, 72 percent; Pine Creek, 4.5 inches, 90 percent; Mammoth-Cottonwood, 1.3 inches, 36 percent; Gooseberry Ranger Station, 1.7 inches, 82 percent; Harris Flat, 0.6 inches, 33 percent; Beaver Dams and Long Valley Junction, no snowpack water.