By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer
Drought continues to envelope Colorado, but the Arkansas River that flows through the state is producing white water rapids, the result of steady snowfall in the Sawatch Range.
“It’s not going to be an epic whitewater year for us,” Rob White, manager of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, told the Associated Press, “but in many respects it’s going to be very, very good.” The state park includes 150 miles of the river near its source in Colorado’s Arkansas River Valley.
Many other rivers in the region, however, are still drying up from the drought.
“It’s remarkable how often there is a boundary condition between southern and central Colorado,” Tony Anderson, a National Weather Service hydrologist told the A.P., “how one side of the line gets water and the other side doesn’t.”
The Rio Grande, which is on the dry side, is looking at record low flows this year.