"Powderhorn Mountain Resort, which celebrated more than 300 inches of snow over the winter, is asking for patience as crews work to remove snow and deal with extra runoff in order to prepare bike trails for a later-than-scheduled opening."
"Since voters legalized pot, Colorado has seen more than $6.5 billion in total sales through the end of May, according to the state’s monthly report."
"While warmer temperatures appear to be hastening the snowmelt in the southern part of the state, temperatures in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley have been more moderate and the rivers less full and dangerous."
"The Bureau of Reclamation’s monthly storage model runs, based on the latest Colorado River Basin runoff forecasts, show Lake Powell ending the water year (Sept. 30) at 13.8 million acre feet."
"This year, Colorado's snowpack peaked at 134% of statewide normal, the conservation service says. It also has melted off later than normal, not just because of its volume but because of moderate spring temperatures and continued precipitation."
"On Friday, Green Mountain Reservoir started ramping up outflows into the Blue River."
"People are allowed to wade, boat and play in the water, but it’s not recommended by Denver Public Health & Environment."
" .... 'we’re looking at bringing in a lot of water'."
“'In both wet and dry cycles over the course of a century, the main stem of the Colorado River has always provided enough water to meet established use and (Colorado River) Compact requirements,' said Don Ostler, former executive director and secretary of the Upper Colorado River Commission."
"The landowners were compensated to leave that water in the stream, so during that time of year they were able to pencil it out that that water could be worth more to them in stream than out."
"The payment for 2017-18 — based on revenues collected at 23 Colorado resorts — was $26.8 million, the highest ever."