#Runoff news: “Go outdoors!” — @VailCOwater

From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Ellie Mulder):

[The Arkansas River] was flowing at 3,770 cubic feet per second late Friday afternoon at Parkdale, just west of Royal Gorge, according to the United States Geological Survey. Colorado Parks and Wildlife issues a high water advisory and recommends not rafting when flows reach 3,200 cubic feet per second level in the gorge, known for its whitewater rapids.

The high river flow wasn’t unexpected and isn’t out of the ordinary, said Bill Banks with USGS.

“A great deal of water is moving downstream right now because we’ve had a pretty abundant snowfall,” Banks said. “This is just the normal cycle.”

Colorado has seen a relatively slow, steady snowmelt this year, he said.

“That’s what we like – a long, controlled runoff,” Banks said. “That’s the best for the environment, best for stakeholders in the region. It’s best all around.”

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