Cache la Poudre River: Drought and wildfire have big impact on the rafting season #CODrought

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From NPR (Kirk Siegler):

The rafting and guiding company Rocky Mountain Adventures is based two hours north of Colorado Springs. Owner Ryan Barwick had to suspend rafting trips on the nearby Poudre River during the peak season in June, when the High Park Fire blackened more than 135 square miles in the region.

“A lot of us do live paycheck to paycheck,” Barwick says. “And you know, when you’re shut down for three weeks, you’re a small business — we don’t have that cushion to fall back on.”

Even before the fire, Barwick says it was hard enough to sell whitewater trips, given the ongoing drought. But it’s even harder now, he says, with the river a trickle of black sediment running off the canyons above.

“We’ve had rock slides, we’ve had mudslides, we’ve had black water — I mean, you name it, we’ve encountered it this year,” he says. “It’s pretty much every headwind that you fear at the beginning of each season, compiled all into one season.”

From the Vail Business Journal (Bob Berwyn):

Colorado’s drought delivered a costly punch to July’s bottom line, according to the monthly Goss Report released on Tuesday. July’s overall index for the state slumped nine points from June. The drop from 58.6 to 49.6 puts Colorado’s Business Conditions Index (the same as the overall index) slightly below the 50-point growth neutral. Components of Colorado’s index for July were new orders at 51.0, production or sales at 53.5, delivery lead time at 43.3, inventories at 55.4, and employment at 59.0.

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