Regional
8:47 am
Mon June 9, 2014

N.M. Rafters Get Bump From Extra Water

Whitewater rafting in northern New Mexico is making waves bigger than expected this summer.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that spring rains and mountain runoff have resulted in high water on the Rio Grande since Memorial Day weekend.

Many river guides say they had been expecting a summer filled with taking patrons on lazy floats.

The state is currently in its fourth year of a drought.

Rafting companies say the drought has caused a significant drop in business because the lack of consistently high water flows on popular stretches of the river.

Bureau of Land Management officials say rafts need high flows to negotiate rocky streambeds.

Companies in the meantime are promoting more family-friendly and leisurely excursions.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal. 

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