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Old 07-08-2012   #1
 
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Old 07-08-2012   #2
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thank God CO is getting some rain. I don't think I have ever seen water the black before. Wow.
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Wow...mother nature is handing us a ass whooping this year! Wonder what a slide like that does to the fish habitat?
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Wow...mother nature is handing us a ass whooping this year! Wonder what a slide like that does to the fish habitat?
Got a feeling it's not good at all for the fishies. But not nearly as bad when Mother Nature really gets rockin' and sends a serious volcanic eruption our way - you know, like one that makes Mt. St. Helens look like a dud firecracker...

It's a part of nature though and has been going on a lot longer than us primates have been boating or fishing the rivers. On the Milk Run on the Ark there's an outcrop of a gravel bar on river right where the road is high above the river, where you can see a charcoal deposit in the gravel about 15' above current river level. Likely from once upon a time when the same thing had happened in the upper watershed - fire and subsequent mudslides.

It's all part of The Dynamic Earth.
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Not sure of his source, but a friend who lives on the Poudre e-mailed us yesterday and said it appeared about 70% of the trout population is lost and only restocking can be done at this point.
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@Andy; so true we are just guest on this earth for a few rotations in our galaxy, then we are gone. My family enjoys the Milk Run we will have to look next time! Thanks for the info.

@OpenBoater; yeah I think the fish are done, hopefully that whole Eco-system will rebound forest and river.


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Can't we buy some carbon offsets or something to fix it all?
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The fish upstream of the burn are fine. They will move downstream when the water clears and after the next real spring runnoff the river should scour the silt out of the spawning beds. But yeah it will take the lower poudre a few years to recover.
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treehugger is right, these sort of disturbances is what causes ecosystems to become diverse and robust. Given there was a bit of man-made influence on this one (global warming-->beetle kill --> more fuel alongside restricting small burns) but fish populations can repopulate areas pretty quickly.

My bigger worry is about the nutrients and topsoil in the hills, if that all gets flushed down, the cycle to "re-charge" the soil could be a looong one. Harder to intervene and influence too...

anyone know what NoCo Rebuilding Network works on?
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Gregg, that is a sweet video! Thanks!
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