Terry DelliQuadri: Don't ban tubing

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I believe laws already exist in Steamboat Springs that deal with public drunkenness, littering, open containers, underage drinking and, as stated in your article, also utilizing the river access at the Chuck Lewis Wildlife Area without the required habitat stamp from the Division of Wildlife.

I would argue that it is not right to outlaw tubing on the Yampa River (above Fifth Street) just because some/many tubers choose to break these laws and local authorities choose to look the other way. Tubing is not the problem.

Our family enjoys riding our bikes to Dr. Richard Weiss Park several times a week in the summer months (as do many other local families). My children, ages 4 to 9, enjoy tubing down from the Iron Horse Inn to where the hot springs pool empties into the Yampa. Yes, it is often crowded and many of the passing tubers are drunk and obnoxious, but usually this is a pleasant and inexpensive way to enjoy this Steamboat park and the Yampa River. To deny that activity by placing a higher value on other activities (fishing) seems shortsighted.

Terry DelliQuadri

Steamboat Springs

Comments

ybul 5 years, 10 months ago

Maybe, the CO COW could ticket people who are drinking in tubes, or are violating other laws/regulations that already exist. As they do with unlicensed fishermen?

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JustSomeJoe 5 years, 10 months ago

Teleflypicker -sounds like are you suggesting that the Department of Wildlife is being manipulated by a very small group of fly fisherman, and the DOW would be fine with the impact on the river without the manipulation from these "snobs".

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housepoor 5 years, 10 months ago

The wildlife area should be off limits....but the town needs tubing

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kspork 5 years, 10 months ago

Understandably so, many local, respectful people use the river. Fisherman and tubers alike need to address the fact that the Yampa is a living ecosystem, and that the damage that is being done, by sunscreen, bug spray, and trash is more important than any Summer activity. I hope we all understand the importance of protecting our resources above all else.

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oldskoolstmbt 5 years, 10 months ago

i'm trying to picture how the dow is going to ticket these tubers....they see them drinking and then what, chase them down the river from the bank? or try to pull them out then and there and ask for their ID? (who floats the river with their wallet?) i agree ksprork! it should be an ecosystem concern first and foremost! maybe there should be one drop in point and have an officer/dow person there doing a "check" so these idiots can't get on the river with booze,cigars. etc..i don't know how they could patrol the miles of river, unless they put no parking signs everywhere and handed out hefty tickets????

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