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Old 06-18-2015   #1
 
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Amended River Closure Order on South Platte

Earlier today, CW, in conjunction with AW, contacted the Jefferson County attorney's office and the Douglas County Sheriff about the River Closure Order, closing certain sections of the South Platter River to all recreational users. They agreed that under C.R.S. Sec. 33-13-111, the river closure order should not apply to whitewater canoes and kayaks. Jefferson County has issued an amended river closure order that exempts whitewater canoes, kayaks, multi-chambered professionally guided rafts, and multi-chambered river boards. Douglas County will do the same.
You should know that even though the order was overbroad, the Assistant Jefferson County Attorney with whom I spoke and Sheriff Spurlock responded to our concerns promptly and quickly amended the order to comply with the statute.

If I have done it correctly, a pdf of the revised order will be attached to this post.
Have Fun. Be Safe.
Patrick Tooley
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Also posted on behalf of Nathan Fey of American Whitewaterrevised closure order.pdf

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You guys are awesome. Thank you. Let the spice flow.
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Thanks Patrick for the work CW and AW do on this kind of issue.

The part about "multi-chambered professional guided rafts" has me a bit confused. Does this mean that if you have a multi-chambered professional-grade whitewater raft you're OK to go? Or that only professional guides in multi-chambered rafts can float (which seems odd as I don't think there are any outfitters guiding that reach)?

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Andy, I'll give you a dollar if you go. That'll make you a pro. :P
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Act professional and go.
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We are so lucky to have great whitewater advocates in this State, and understanding local authorities. Thanks for all you do!
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for a guy not from the area... What was the reason for the closure to begin with?
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Philip,
Their PR stated:
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Due to recent rains and winter melt/runoff in the high country, the South Platte River water levels are high and continuing to increase.
Law enforcement and emergency personnel are asking people to stay away from shorelines with fast moving water because of the dangers associated with the higher water levels and localized flooding. Recent emergencies have included people, pets and cars being swept away.
So, to be clear, don't go kayaking because of the water.(?)
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Raft question

Hi Andy. The language can be read several ways I suppose, but neither the governing statute nor the implementing regulations use the term "multi-chambered professionally guided rafts." I do give the Jeffco and Douglas County Sheriffs credit for including rafts and river boards in the amended closure order, however, because the statute governing closure exempts only whitewater canoes and kayaks. Let me see what I can find out.
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