Arkansas River a bright spot amid grim drought

News

Arkansas River a bright spot amid grim drought

Wet winter in Sawatch Range helping runoff levels
The Arkansas River flows under a bridge in Salida with the snow-covered Sawatch Range mountains in the background on April 25. State and federal officials say water from melting snow will surge down the river thanks to a surprisingly wet winter in the towering peaks of the Sawatch Range where the river begins.
Rafters navigate high water and big rapids in Bighorn Sheep Canyon on the Arkansas River near Colorado Springs on June 18, 2014. Despite a severe drought across the Southwest United States, there should be plenty of water this year for rafters and anglers in the Arkansas, one of the nation’s most popular mountain rivers.

Arkansas River a bright spot amid grim drought

The Arkansas River flows under a bridge in Salida with the snow-covered Sawatch Range mountains in the background on April 25. State and federal officials say water from melting snow will surge down the river thanks to a surprisingly wet winter in the towering peaks of the Sawatch Range where the river begins.
Rafters navigate high water and big rapids in Bighorn Sheep Canyon on the Arkansas River near Colorado Springs on June 18, 2014. Despite a severe drought across the Southwest United States, there should be plenty of water this year for rafters and anglers in the Arkansas, one of the nation’s most popular mountain rivers.