Ok, This is it. If you are able to make the meetings that address the river areas important to you here is the list. These will be the last and most influential meetings for boaters. The master plan team have a draft plan and this is the last chance to express our voice.
Points to be made
SSV: new hazards that make the run unsafe
Lack of river access
Braided river channel that is too shallow to navigate
The narrows has been choked by road stabilization
The river bed has been stripped of in stream large boulders and eddies
One of the best class 5 sections of river in the state has been lost and
needs to be repaired
In town rivers
Repair and replace old structures while making improvements by utilizing a group of white water design professionals (S2O designs would be the logical choice but I would not leave that up to ones logic, Support the local groups that can produce world class features while keeping these dollars close to home)
Utilize new design features such as pneumatic gates for adjustable features, in stream "rapid blocks" for feature adjustability.
Remove dangerous and non navigable features while improving recreation example is the highland ditch dam which is downstream of the old October hole. This could be transformed into 6 new play features as an example of working with ditch companies.
McConnell Ponds: Discuss the importance of the ponds for year round training, teaching beginners and kids in a safe and controlled and slightly warmer feature (roll practice). The roll they play for whitewater enthusiasts during events such as the Lyons Outdoor Games. One thing to consider is the ponds my be more accessible for use if moved to the North side of the river (ie move to river LEFT).
There are certainly many more points to be addressed but these should get us started. Our voices are needed here. Don't leave this up to others.