COLORADO RIVER HEADWATERS CHAPTER OF TROUT UNLIMITED
2011 Year in Review
The Headwaters Chapter was busy educating and motivating the Grand County public to attend and speak at a Division of Wildlife public hearing in Granby. This was an important meeting to influence the Wildlife Commission who oversees the DOW and will come up with the State’s official position on the new diversion projects.
Written comments were due to the Wildlife Commission and our chapter worked hard to get as many intelligent comments sent in by the deadline as possible. The people in Grand County made us proud.
March – April
The chapter Board focused on organizing for the annual banquet
We had a strong showing at the Wildlife Commission meeting in Salida. Trout Unlimited provided a lot of technical information and personal testimony. The Commission stated that they would not be the Board that let the river die on their watch.
We had an even stronger showing at the final Wildlife Commission hearing in Grand Junction. The Commission stated that their hands were tied and they voted to support both projects with the minimal to no mitigation that the water diverters were proposing. This became the official State position and we have been working our tails off to reverse this travesty.
Our Chapter was once again the single largest donor to the Stream Temperature Monitoring Program in Grand County. This is a program that we started and it is now organized by the Grand County Water Information Network. Because of this data, both of the proposed diversion projects are having the hardest time avoiding the need for temperature monitoring.
We began the month with our annual fundraiser banquet at the Devils Thumb Ranch. This was our most successful banquet to date and the most fun that we have had at our banquet to date. Scott Linn, Headwaters Chapter Vice-President, received our River Conservationist of the Year award.
We held Riverstock at the Crooked Creek Saloon with 2 stages and 17 bands. This event reached a younger demographic in our community and was very successful. We also raised $1,500 for the Chapter.
Roger Hedlund, Board member, organized and our Chapter funded a day of rafting and water education on the Colorado River for Grand County Youth. This was extremely successful and will be expanded on in the future.
Colorado Trout Unlimited initiated a PR campaign to educate the Front Range as to the fate of our rivers. Our Chapter saw that the battle needs to be won on the Front Range and donated $10K to this campaign.
We volunteered our time and knowledge to help GCWIN with Watershed Week and Bug Week. Both of these education outreach projects get our local school children on the river and learning about the aquatic and riparian environment.
Steve Radcliff joined our Board.
Our Chapter started to work on a web page that will improve communication with our membership. We hired Jerry Nissen to help us with this project and made him a Board member so he wouldn’t charge us as much.
Kirk Klancke, Chapter President, was sent to Washington DC by Field and Stream magazine to receive a National Conservation award and meet with Senators Udall and Bennet, Congressman Polis and the Interior Department.
Our Chapter held the Voices of the River Film Festival at the old church in Fraser. This was a well attended and fun event. James Newberry was there to update us on everything that the County is doing to help our rivers.
The Windy Gap Firming Project came out with their Final Environmental Impact Statement. Trout Unlimited was underwhelmed with their effort. Minimal temperature mitigation was proposed with inadequate mitigation for flushing flows, and no mitigation for stream monitoring or adaptive management.