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Higher Flows Good News For Colorado's South Platte

July 15, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

As Kark Licis reports in the Denver Post this morning, higher-than-average precipitation has meant good things for the South Platte, where high flows continue to scour away sediment and breathe life into a river that is still recovering from the 2002 wildfires. “In a year of abundant rainfall on the heels of a decent winter snowpack, river flows up and down the South Platte have been above the long-term average. Below brimful Cheesman Reservoir, the volume approached 800 cubic feet per second the past few weeks, but has been gradually receding.”