I believe their are only three companies that are currently permitted to run the Taylor River outside of Gunnison. Scenic River Tours owned by Ches Russell, Three Rivers rafting owned by Mark Schumacher and Wilderness Pursuits owned by Western State College. Despite Steve Roberts agreement with Schumacher not to run the Middle Taylor he still went to Kathleen Curry to get this bill started.
"Last summer, Ches Russell and Mark Schumacher asked me to run legislation to address the fact that a landowner on the Taylor River had exercised his right to deny passage through his property."
Thus, it is interesting that according to Curry, Three Rivers which is run by Schumacher does not even operate trips on the section of the Taylor that sparked this issue. He found a way to work with Steve a land owner that is adamant about blocking the middle Taylor.
The next layer lies in the Upper Section of the Taylor River which is the most popular white water run for all the companies. It to is laced by private land owners who have not yet attempted to block passage to the river. However, there have been problems when their trees that line the bank blow down and often create river wide strainers (its a small river). At which point company owners haft to obtain access to their property to remove the tree.
Furthermore, the Taylor river is not like Browns Canyon. While guiding on Taylor you must slow time to make what could be a 30-45 minute river trip a 2 hour river trip. In Browns your never really killing time unless it is high water. This issue was sparked from a region that provides unique river trips on a section of river that is much different in terms of volume that others throughout the state. High water is usually around 1000cfs in the upper section. Base line flows during the season are between 300 and 400cfs. The Taylor's unusually structure is part of the reason HB 1188 stems from this area.
From there we have expand the argument to all floatable sections of river in the state where the similar blockages have happen or will continue to happen depending on whether this bill passes.
Curry Kathleen, “Letter to constituents about the float bill.” Rep. Kathleen Curry. Letter to constituents about the float bill » kathleencurry.org
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