Know how the river flows

City seeks public suggestions on Yampa structures



Lesley Murphy, who was visiting from Newfoundland, Canada, plays on the banks of the Yampa River with her thee-year-old, second cousin Justin Crown. Recreation and use of the Yampa River is the topic of a public meeting tonight at Howelsen Hill Lodge.

If you go

What: Public meeting to discuss plans for improvements to man-made structures on the Yampa River

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Howelsen Hill Lodge, 845 Howelsen Parkway

Contact: Call Craig Robinson, open space supervisor for the city's Department of Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services, at 879-4300 for more information.

On the 'Net

Learn about Ecological Resource Consultants, the Evergreen-based consultants hired by the city to conduct a study of man-made structures in the Yampa River, online at: www.erccolorado.n...

— Fishermen, kayakers and any member of the public can bring suggestions about improving flows in the Yampa River to Howelsen Hill today.

The Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department is hosting a public meeting to kick off discussion about the Yampa River Structural Master Plan, which will assess all man-made structures in the river - such as Charlie's Hole near Bud Werner Memorial Library and fishing spots along River Road - to analyze how those structures function in various flow conditions. Issues including bank erosion and stability, riparian habitat, vegetation and wetland areas will be addressed.

"Health of the river is the number-one priority, and recreation is a secondary aspect that we're hoping to get along with that," said Craig Robinson, the city's open space supervisor.

The city hired Evergreen-based Ecological Resource Consultants in late June to conduct the study at a cost of $68,710.

Ecological Resource has previously conducted similar studies on the Eagle River, the San Miguel River and the Blue River.

Private property owners along the river are welcome to participate in the project, Robinson said.

Robinson said the consultants will provide invaluable input on river structures in and around Steamboat Springs - most often, boulders placed in the river to alter flows - that have not been looked at for years.

"I think we'll have fishermen that will have a lot of information about areas that fish really well, where diversion structures are working or about areas where they have some concerns," he said. "Mostly, we're looking to gather public input to find out what people would like to see out of this project."


beentheredonethat 9 years, 9 months ago



id04sp 9 years, 9 months ago

How about immunity to polio? I think that's an improvement.

Coronary bypass surgery rather than dying of a heart attack? Dying is better . . . how?

Forecasting landfall of a hurricane rather than letting people be surprised and drown is not an improvement on Mother Nature's warning system . . . which is when the sky turns dark and the wind starts to blow?


JazzSlave 9 years, 9 months ago

Lighting strikes & raging wildfires. We should leave 'em alone because Mother Nature knows best. We should also allow the fuelwood to accumulate so we can experience the most destructive infernos possible.

It's NATURE, after all.


seabirth 9 years, 9 months ago

the yampa is hardly a natural river. hemmed in by development, dammed multiple times, riparian zones demolished by development and land use practices, increased runoff due to impervious surfaces, rip rap placed to protect people living in flood zones and increase fun for river users.... dang, development seems to be a recurring subject.

it's amazing the yampa and other rivers throughout the west have survived at all considering what we've thrown at them. i think it is good that people are talking and working to try to save the little bit that is left, even if it is for selfish reasons (recreation). our future generations will be pleased if we work hard to keep the rivers and streams at their current levels, considering the amount of people and development occuring in the west. it will be hard to keep things status quo, much less reverse damage.


bikegirl 9 years, 9 months ago

A little off subject,but my question pertains to the health of the river,I've noticed the signs along the bike path letting us know that the river is closed,yet I still see people swimming,fishing and tubing.Does anyone know why there is still activity in the water?I saw an entire group of triple crown families getting tubes at one stop and then getting in the river today.Just wondering.


Matthew Stoddard 9 years, 9 months ago

Not sure exactly, but I think the river was "opened" back up to limited commercial tubing. I could be wrong, though.


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