Navigation rights make a splash in landowner’s skirmish with river rafters

January 31, 2010
By Jessica Fender
The Denver Post

A skirmish between a Texas developer and two rafting outfitters on the Taylor River could throw the futures of Colorado’s rafting companies into jeopardy and leave a lasting imprint on the rights of riverfront landowners. Read more

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Group: Protect Hermosa watershed

January 30, 2010

by Dale Rodebaugh
[Durango] Herald Staff Writer

The Hermosa Creek watershed – 155,000 acres stretching from the north Animas Valley to just beyond Purgatory – deserves protection because of its sterling water quality and corresponding natural resources, including diverse flora and fauna and recreation, the River Protection Workgroup says. Read more

Colorado enviros pushing water conservation

January 30, 2010
By Julie Sutor
summit daily news

“People really understand the importance of conservation,” said Summit County native Becky Long, who works for Colorado Environmental Coalition, a statewide advocacy group. “Every drop of water you take out of a river is one you’ll never see again. Water is one of our most precious resources, and it needs to be part of the road map as we’re planning for the state’s future growth.”  Read more

Million defends Flaming Gorge water proposal

January 29, 2010


“Front Range communities should first consider simpler, less costly measures to meet our region’s water needs, such as conservation, aquifer recharge and leasing. What’s needed most is comprehensive regional water planning, not pie-in-the-sky schemes,” Drew Peternell of Trout Unlimited wrote in a published letter to The Chieftain.

Trout Unlimited Names New CEO

January 29, 2010

Field & Stream

Trout Unlimited has named Chris Wood, currently TU’s chief operating officer, to fill the chief executive officer’s position held by Charles Gauvin since 1991.  Wood will take over February 1.

Building a better habitat

January 28, 2010
Eagle Valley Enterprise
Derek Franz

That is the kind of support that has been snowballing for the watershed council. That is also why the river restoration project, which is divided into five reaches, has expanded since it began in the fall of 2008. Local, state and national entities including Edwards Metropolitan District, Eagle River Foundation, Eagle County, Colorado Department of Health and Environment, Trout Unlimited and others have contributed grant money to the efforts.

OHV fees

January 27, 2010

Durango Herald

What has been proposed is that 40 percent of the money collected on OHVs goes for law-enforcement activities focused on illegal off-highway vehicle use and enforcing designated routes on public lands. Another 30 percent would go to restore areas damaged by improper or off-trail use of off-highway vehicles. And the final 30 percent would go to maintenance of existing routes, signage, maps and educational outreach.

That seem like an equitable distribution. It is supported by Trout Unlimited, the San Juan Citizens Alliance, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Wild, Great Old Broads for Wilderness about 30 other similarly interested groups.