Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Denver's South Platte River Rehabilitation Plan Designed To Restore Fisheries

South Platte River is Back In The News
By Bruce Finley

The South Platte River is getting in the News more and more these days. No it's not just about what it was in the last 20 years but what is happening in the present! Thanks to groups like my Denver Trout Unlimited and the help of other supportive groups around Colorado, this important river system is getting all the help it needs and rightfully deserves.

South-metro leaders and a growing number of fishermen are pushing to let the South Platte be more of a natural river as it flows down from the mountains through the Denver area.

They're planning to rechannel the river, revegetate and bring in boulders to rehabilitate the wide, shallow waterway into a deeper, meandering river that could sustain significantly more fish. Not just wily big-mouth bottom-feeders — but trout.

Enhancing the South Platte, proponents contend, will lead to a healthier metro economy.

"We are the custodians of the river. It is incumbent upon us to keep that river a viable, healthy source for the ecology of the area, the wildlife, migratory birds and for the community," Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman said. "We're not doing this for economic reasons. There may be an economic benefit."

The Littleton City Council this month voted unanimously to move ahead with an ambitious revitalization project that will let the heavily dammed South Platte behave more like a natural river but still be controllable because of its urban setting.

The $4 million project run by South Suburban Parks and Recreation, with support from Arapahoe County and Littleton, would scoop a deeper channel into a 2.4-mile stretch of the river south of central Denver.


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4 comments:

Howard Levett said...

That's why I admire TU and it's members. This is a long overdue project.

McTage said...

It is pretty exciting to hear some positive news and outlooks versus just negative.

Troutdawg said...

Howard TU does do lot's of great work and it's starting to finally pay off for our beloved South Platte!

Troutdawg said...

Mctage,

Always nice to hear some positive news coming out about the Platte, there has been waaay to much negative stuff over the years about it instead.