River Report indicates likely peak in spring runoff

Spring runoff appears to have peaked for 2022 while May precipitation lessened drought severity across Colorado and the Arkansas River Basin, according to the weekly River Report from the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative.

Arkansas River Report for May 16

Recent weather patterns have proven detrimental to the water outlook for the Arkansas River Basin with warm temperatures, minimal precipitation and high winds combining to reduce snowpack to 31% of median.

County approves Aspire campground, outfitting facilities

Chaffee County Commissioners decided to uphold Planning Commission approval of the Aspire Tours application for a land-use change permit that will allow construction and operation of a campground, cabins and an outfitting facility.

Written in Water: Author’s Note

Writing about water has been an important part of my career since 1990, when I started working with some of the world’s leading environmental scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After seven years at the…