Ok now... .lets actually look at the facts on water quality.
I have met several times over the past 5 months with Colorado Department of Health and Denver Dept of Health to increase monitoring and to get all facts of what is in the water.
The bubbles in the water and the metallic Platte River smell has also been raised by a group.
My goal is to rid of the idea that playing the Platte is bad for you. Have heard silly BS such at there is Hep A,B,C in the water.... etc....
Not there... there is a fecal ecoli #3 in which is not harmful to the human digestive system. It comes form animal waste and primarily comes from raccoons along Cherry Creek and runoff from dog parks. Sharps/Needles can be found along the river which can provide contamination to Hep, but the water itself, not at all. No Leptosporosis or other water bourne pathogens have been identified.
Most of the trash in the eddies originate from the homeless encampments under bridges between Union and Confluence.
The bubbles and smell of the river actually come from the Littleton/Englewood sewage treatment facility. It is practically drinkable at this point, but is bubbly and has that "earthy smell" .
These are things I am working to get everyone to start thinking about.
----- I sure hope to see you out helping bring attention to how US boaters are involved with helping clean and protect our river. Not just talking bad shit about it.
The Denver Dept of Health will be starting to post everything that they test for on a weekly period, thanks to Jon Novick and CPDHE folks as well. We are also getting a movement forward with having parks and rec in partnership with CDPHE placing sharps boxes along the greenway in places closest to homeless populations. This can help curb some concerns with sharps on the beaches.
EVERYONE'S HELP IS NEEDED TO HELP PROMOTE RIVER AWARENESS AND EFFORTS TO CLEAN HER UP.
Anyone her ever paddled the 'Hooch in Atlanta, the Chute in South Bend, the Hudson..... makes the Platte look like a natural spring.
The Platte has some great whitewater and features to be played on and by getting out there and being seen, the City will follow through with making sire it is cleaning up it's act.
Greenprint Denver - Home
is one site that shows their intent on the greenway and river initiatives.
DEH- Mayor's Water Quality Initiative
Denver Health had started to post water quality warning as to surface water being harmful to your health if swallowed.
We never know at any point if someone had a spill or other problem and is fearing litigious action if they do not waive that. It is primarily for concern of fecal coliform