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Old 05-10-2012   #1
 
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Clear Creek Access

I got in touch with Bob Wilson today from CDOT. I highlighted the value of clear creek access to recreational paddlers, and noted multiple options that could allow recreational access to clear creek during the upcoming closure. Bob said that he would talk to the project manager and get back to me.

Keep your fingers crossed!

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Would it be a good idea for others to call/email or best to sit on it and let him get back to you? We don't want to sound like pests...
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Ian is the best person around with dealing with these types of situations. I wouldn't bombard the guy with requests and see where Ian's contact with him goes.
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I think its fine for other folks to call and ask for recreational access to be considered. The more calls they get the more they know that there is demand for it.

My suggestion is that folks should be courteous and not argumentative, and that they should be constructive in suggestions.

I offered to work with the CDOT project managers to develop a recreational access plan and communicate it to the kayaking community.

I also contacted one of the Golden city council member to see if they can put in a good word for us. If you know someone who has some political connections... time to call them up!

Just saw Nathan's comment. It might be appropraite to minimize multiple contacts. One thing the CDOT guy told me is that he has gotten lots of calls and that everyone wants to put in at a different spot, which woudl be problematic for them. I assured him that upper clear creek boaters can access from the top, and that only blackrock and lower paddlers would be impacted by the upcoming closure. I noted that we could easily have only a couple of access spots in the canyon to do the runs we want, so I think some consistency will help our cause.
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I contacted a Golden city council memeber. Golden city council response was that they "love kayakers"! I asked them to help us and put in a good word with CDOT. They gave me contact info for a state representative and a state senator, and I contacted them as well (haven't heard back yet).

The whole issue pisses me off. CDOT listens to the casinos to play timing, but there isn't a way for recreational users to get a seat at the planning table to be considered as one of the stakeholder groups. This isn't the first time that CDOT closed down the highway in the middle of runoff. Anyway... hoping for a solution, but not too optimistic.
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Thinking flow and weather will make an upper CC run fun this week.

I’m curious where the best parking will be near the 119 & 6 light during the closure. If someone gets up there before me, maybe they can post about what access near the light is like.
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Anyone interested in a civil disobediance gesture of parking all of our cars with boats in front of the closed sign at the bottom of the canyon after work during the week? Something like 6pm?

Perhaps we can make a barbecue out of it.
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Anyone interested in a civil disobediance gesture of parking all of our cars with boats in front of the closed sign at the bottom of the canyon after work during the week? Something like 6pm?

Perhaps we can make a barbecue out of it.

Might be more fun than CC in the low 200s anyway.
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I was just interviewed by Channel 4 after writing to them begging for help. Please eatch tonight's 10pm news.
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Today's Denver Post article:
Colorado's closure of U.S. 6 in Clear Creek Canyon miffs kayakers - The Denver Post
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