Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-23-2007   #1
erdvm1's Avatar
Lyons, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1998
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,565
Send a message via AIM to erdvm1
GORE Needs Help

Take this survey in order to help get Gore and the rest of the Upper Colorado designated for Wild and Scenic status.

Upper Colorado River Flow Survey

Go Dawgs!!!
Happiness is a way of travel not a destination
erdvm1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2007   #2
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 566
AW Email

Flow Survey for Upper Colorado River Basin
Earlier in 2007, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) completed a Wild and Scenic Rivers Eligibility study for the Upper Colorado River basin. The Federal Wild and Scenic River Act requires federal agencies to complete such a study when they revise their land use and resource management plans.

The final Wild and Scenic Rivers Eligibility Report < 777d&m=fef515767d6300&l=febc17767c6d0079&s=fe00157 17164067875127770&jb=ffcf14&t=> details which river and streams within BLM jurisdiction meet the criteria for Wild and Scenic River designation. The report is simply an inventory of "Outstanding Resource Values" and does not examine competing uses on the identified waterways.

Phase 2 of the Wild and Scenic River study is now underway. This suitability study will determine whether each eligible river segment deserves to be added into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system established by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The Act protects the free-flowing condition of rivers incorporated into the system, and requires federal review and evaluation of water projects propsed within the rivers bed or banks.

Opposition to Wild and Scenic designation has grown as Colorado continues to negotiate additional transfers of water out of the Colorado River basin and into reservoirs along the front range. In an effort to identify and protect recreational and environmental water needs for the study area, a group of stakehlders has organized to assist the BLM in evaluating alternatives to Wild and Scenic protection for the study area. Potential altenatives would allow for additional withdrawls of water from the Colorado River system, potentially threatening existing and future recreational and environmental water needs. In an effort to quantify recreational needs, American Whitewater is working with Colorado Whitewater, the Colorado River District, and the Colorado Basin Roundtable to identify and quantify the range of flows necessary to support recreational use in the upper Colorado River basin. Runs through Byers Canyon, Gore Canyon, and Glenwood Canyon are all potentially threatened by management alternatives.

Phase One of AW's needs identification and quantification can be found online: Click Here to take survey < 777d&m=fef515767d6300&l=febc17767c6d0079&s=fe00157 17164067875127770&jb=ffcf14&t=>

Please spread the word and fill out the survey covering each run on the river. Later this year we will follow up with a paddler focus group to compare boater experiences at different flows.

Your participation now will help us in developing a comprehensive assessment of recreational flow needs in the upper Colorado River basin, and help protect some of the best whitewater in Colorado!

twitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2007   #3
bkp's Avatar
Photographer, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2005
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 229
Okay, so here's the deal. I want to take the survey and I was on the Colorado this past summer, but I don't have a clue as to what the flows were at the time. What are good levels? I was in Shoshone, Grizzley Creek, and Lyons Gulch as well as Glenwood Canyon but need help with the numbers so that I don't mess things up. Can you help me?
"You gotta fight for your right to paddle!"
bkp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2007   #4
Gnarnia, Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 651
If you go to the page and then click on the gauge name for the section you want, Shoshone for example: USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 09070500 COLORADO RIVER NEAR DOTSERO, CO. you can get the levels by then clicking on "summary of additional data for this site" which allows you to get daily, monthly or annual flow statistics. If you know the month you were on the river, you should be able to determine the flow pretty easily.
JBL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2007   #5
bkp's Avatar
Photographer, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2005
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 229
Thanks, that helped...I got'er done
"You gotta fight for your right to paddle!"
bkp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2007   #6
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 748
new jersey has 6 wild and scenic rivers Colorado only has one, to put this into perspective
BrianK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2007   #7
Gnarnia, Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 651
To put a finer point on it:

Total acreage in Colorado: 66,485,760 acres

Total number of river miles in CO (according to the EPA): 107,403 miles

Total acreage in New Jersey: 4,813,440 acres

Total number of river miles in NJ (according to the EPA): 6,450 miles

In Colorado, the only designated Wild & Scenic River is the Poudre and not even the whole thing. Think of all the amazing rivers in this state that should be considered Wild and Scenic.

Bottom line - this is something that ALL paddlers should support fully.

From the 1968 Wild & Scenic Rivers Act:

It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Congress declares that the established national policy of dams and other construction at appropriate sections of the rivers of the United States needs to be complemented by a policy that would preserve other selected rivers or sections thereof in their free-flowing condition to protect the water quality of such rivers and to fulfill other vital national conservation purposes.

For more information on the Wild & Scenic River program: Wild and Scenic Rivers
JBL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2007   #8
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 272
wow kinda makes me want to check out New Jersey.. sorry just had to throw that out.

"I would drag my balls across broken glass just to hear her fart into a walkie talkie" -Jay Drury
tboner is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bailey on Wed AM, Gore On Friday late evening, Gore Sat AM erdvm1 Kayaking | Trip Planner 1 07-18-2006 06:35 PM

» Classified Ads
Wavesport Super EZ

posted by MaxInTexas

There is a lot of life left in this Super Ez. No major...

ShredReady full face...

posted by go-with-the-Flo

Size large/XL. White. Light use, no big hits or scratches....

2014 Rockstar Jackson...

posted by Scardenas95

Great shape, excellent boat!

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:19 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.