The flow of the Colorado River past Xcel’s Shoshone power plant just east of Glenwood Springs is running at around 12,000 cubic feet per second this week. If that sounds like a lot, it is.

It’s more than double the flow from just two weeks ago, and fast enough to shut down commercial rafting for the time being, along with cutting off the Glenwood Canyon bike path since parts are now flooded.

And there’s gold in all that water. But it’s not the mineral. The gold is the water itself.