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Old 06-23-2014   #1
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Barbed Wire Across Rio Grande Above Lobatos Bridge

WARNING! - In the Lasauses section of the Rio Grande we found 2 strands of barbed wire stretched across the full width of the river at approximately MP 8, about 4 miles upstream from the Lobatos Bridge. There are no markings of any kind (fence posts, flagging, etc.) on this wire so it's extremely difficult to see.

Over Memorial Weekend (at 400 cfs) we were lucky enough to notice it as we floated into it, but a later group was not so lucky and someone had a nasty head injury.

It's also worth noting that there are a couple of places upstream from there where landowners have placed posts in mid-river islands and stretched wire to river left.

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Old 06-23-2014   #2
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The Canejos has got a lot of barbed wire also.

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Old 06-23-2014   #3
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Not cool. Please inform American Whitewater of the situation.
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Old 06-23-2014   #4
Montrose, Colorado
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Guys we really appreciate getting security info like this on sections of river that are not that often paddled, but I'm in the camp that says we need alot more action. I think everyone that paddles of-beat stretches of river needs to carry a pair of good wire-cutters. If this fence was so bad that it served no purpose it needs to go period. Second option is get a picture and surrounding area and report it to AW. But at least flag the damn thing with something even if you wrap some branches on it. Ranchers are suppose to mark fences if they are on stretches of river that pose a hazard to boaters. But most of all contact somebody about this and don't let it slide. Someone almost got killed up on Plateau Creek on the Grand Mesa cause of this shit, and that gets run often. Time to stop this shit.
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