Those high water levels in the Rio Grande are expected to boost fishing and rafting tourism this summer season.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the National Weather Service predicts runoff from snowmelt to be 148% pst the norm through June. That compares to just 50% last summer.
The boost in water levels is expected to be a win for rafters although, anglers may need to wait for the river to slow down and drop a bit. A UNM biology researcher says the increased flow will aid breeding for the endangered silvery minnow.