Environment

6:00am

Mon June 9, 2014
Weather Nerding

Think Northern Colorado Has Been Wetter Than Normal Lately? You’re Right

Storm clouds roll in over 14th and York Street in Denver, Colo.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

5:30am

Mon June 9, 2014
Water

Big Water Boosts Flows For Whitewater Rafters

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:42 am

A surfer rides the Colorado River at the Glenwood Springs Wave Park. Rivers are high due to a big mountain snowpack.

This winter’s mega snowpack in the mountains is melting and filling reservoirs and rivers around the state. For whitewater rafting companies the big flows are good for thrills. But, some stretches are river are too full to float. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Longtime rafting guide Bob Morse is giving his safety spiel to a small group preparing to board a bright yellow raft. For some, it’s their first time rafting.

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2:41pm

Wed June 4, 2014
Environment

Following Greeley Quake, Scientists Install Network To Look For More

Following the May 31, 2014 quake near Greeley, scientists from CU-Boulder are placing seismometers like this in Weld County to look for more earth movement.
Jim Hill KUNC

After a rare magnitude 3.4 earthquake northeast of Greeley, scientists hope to learn more about any possible future quakes in the area. They’ve quickly mobilized to set up a network of five instruments that monitor for earthquakes, all around the epicenter of the original one.

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11:42am

Wed June 4, 2014
Flooding

Floodwaters In Greeley Starting To Drop, Leaving Damage Behind

The Varra Gravel Pit in east Greeley, which was breached by the Poudre River Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Weld County Office of Emergency Management

High water continues to move through Greeley, although Greeley officials say current river levels have dropped slightly since Tuesday afternoon. Several roads in and around Greeley remain closed, and all voluntary evacuation notices remain in effect.

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6:25am

Wed June 4, 2014
Water

Windy Gap, NISP Essential To Water Manager's Future Plans

A rustic cabin in the heart of the Windy Gap Firming Project.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Just west of Carter Lake in the foothills southwest of Loveland sits a rustic abandoned cabin in the middle of a rolling prairie. Soon that cabin, and the entire prairie, could be at the bottom of a lake.

It's the site of the proposed 90,000 acre-foot Chimney Hollow Reservoir. In times of high snow runoff, like right now, it could be part of the answer for water managers looking to store water that is instead just flowing downstream, right out of the state.

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