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Shifting Currents - Part Six

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Spring runoff fills the Yampa River from the entrance to Mount Harris Canyon, pictured above, down to its confluence with the Green River. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

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Ricardo Salinas and his daughter, Mia, 5, play in the Yampa River near Dr. Rich Weiss Park. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

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GIS specialist Nicolai Bencke of the U.S. Forest Service checks the snow depth on top of Buffalo Pass on May 22. Bencke conducted studies at the weather station through the winter and spring, and he said this year's heavy snowfall had an unusually high moisture content. "That's why we are going to see a lot of water this year," he said. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

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Anglers try their luck in the Yampa River just below the spillway at Stagecoach Reservoir, where fishing is good and fish are plentiful. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

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A replaced headgate holds back water for irrigation use on ranches in South Routt. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

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Water exits through the spillway at Bear Lake. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

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Utah rancher Scott Chew rests on a fence before herding cattle into the back of a truck. Chew and his family spent the June day preparing to move cattle to their "summer ranches" on the Yampa River in Maybell and on the Elk River in Clark. Because of the chore, Chew did not have time to fix his broken irrigation system that day, leaving his fields drying in the sun. The number of irrigated agricultural acres in Northwest Colorado has decreased in recent years, from 230,000 in 1998 to 170,000 in 2005. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

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At Yamcolo Reservoir, the Yampa River gives life to plants. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

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Sprinklers keep grounds green at the Steamboat Golf Club, where golfers with early tee times wait for the water to shut off. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

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The Yampa River meets the Green River at their confluence in Utah. After the rivers merge, the water heads downstream to feed Western desert communities. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

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Sheep scurry up a hill to graze near the Maybell Ditch, which leads them to the Yampa River for water. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

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The Yampa River winds its way west, passing through Milner. The river grows larger with the addition of streams, creeks and other rivers on its way to the confluence with the Green River in Utah. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

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