Sunday, July 12, 2009

South Boulder Creek Awarded Habitat Improvement Grant

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department has been awarded a $60,000 Habitat Improvement “Fishing is Fun Colorado” grant administered by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The grant is part of an overall project pooling resources from Boulder OSPM, Denver Water, the Division of Wildlife, and Boulder Flycasters totaling nearly a $200,000 in restoration. A great deal of thanks is due for Don D’Amico and the OSMP staff that submitted the grant and who have helped design the entire project.

The primary objective of the project will be to improve in-stream aquatic habitat for native and sport fish that now have access to increased portions of the creek as a result of recently completed fish passage projects. Existing habitat is in poor condition and does not provide adequate cover, especially during the low-flow winter months.

The project is planned to be completed by 31 October 2010; here are some of the project objectives:

• Establishing stream channel geometry in balance with the current flow regime by narrowing over-width stream segments.

• Constructing natural in-stream habitat features that provide for the habitat needs of native and sport fish species. In-stream habitat structures will include boulder clusters with downstream, random boulder refuge habitat, woody debris, and the use of boulder deflectors to protect existing vegetation from further erosion.

• Stabilizing eroding banks.

• Planting native riparian vegetation to provide shade and overhead cover.


South Boulder Creek during low-flow conditions showing long, uniform riffle with low habitat

South Boulder Creek during low-flow conditions showing long, uniform riffle with low habitat

Please feel free to contact Larry Quilling, if you have any questions about the project or would like to help Boulder Flycasters organize our volunteer project to plant native riparian plants, assist with detailed boulder placement, assist with future fish surveys, seed the site, and perform post-project clean-up that is required for site restoration after construction.

COMMENTARY:

IF YOU ARE A BOULDER FLY FISHERMAN & ARE NOT AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE LOCAL TU CHAPTER YOU'RE NOT SHARING THE LOAD OF IMPROVING OUR COLD WATER RESOURCES. IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS THIS ORGANIZATION HAS PUT $300,000 BACK INTO IMPROVED FISHERIES....GET INVOLVED NOW! .... Paul Prentiss


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