Grand Junction, Colo (KKCO) --- Last year the rafting industry saw a 17 percent decline in visitation due to wildfires and droughts devastating the state. This decline resulted in a huge economic loss from $151 million in 2011 to $127 million in 2012.
However the 2013 rafting season is off to a better start.
"The total accumulation for the whole water year, it is a bit lower than average, it is in the 90 percent range where as last year it was just over 60 percent of average, so it is quite a bit better" - Hannah Holm, Coordinator at CMU Water Center
Although rafting will be more prevalent this season, the Blue Mesa Reservoir and other reservoirs took such a big hit in 2012 that Holm predicts they will not fill up this year and suggests continuing to be frugal with water.
Colorado Mesa University is hosting the "State of the Rivers" event on May 13 where the public can attend for free and learn more about the immediate water outlook for this year.