Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Interesting facts and figures

The Salt Lake Tribune reported last week that the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon was running at 66,000 cubic feet a second, with a predicted peak over Memorial Day of 70,000 cfs. It's running at 52,000 today. Seventy-thousand is nowhere near a record (114,900 in 1984; estimated as high as 225,000 in 1884), but this spring's runoff is the highest in seven years.

So the Park Service has extra boats patrolling at the canyon's "Big Drops" to nab rafts and equipment and people as they splutter by. People who've quit spluttering they probably just fish out at Lake Powell.

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