Strainer Total Blockage on Lower Blue
Sometime during the last 6 days a tree with approximately an 18-24" base diameter dropped perpendicularly and entirely across the Lower Blue River at the Big Bend in Green Mountain canyon several hundred yards down from the parking lot. The broken branches sticking up from the strainer are up to 5-6' all the way across the river. A lot of the strainer is exposed above the 110 cfs water.
There is no passage possible, imo.
The top of the strainer is lodged between 2 boulders and it appears unlikely, imo, that runoff flow will affect its dislodgment. In recent years the flow has been as high as 2700 cfs or so in mid June.
Because of its location downstream and out of sight from the parking lot, it is possible that boaters who are unaware of this blockage may find themselves in a difficult situation not only because they may float down in floatable water and not see the strainer until they've come around the bend and are pretty much just upstream of it but also if a boater goes down they'll have to portage the boat back up and that ain't a pretty picture.
One of the other fishermen had a camera. I asked him to take pics and email them to me but I haven't received them.
Another thing to note is that, according to Summit County Assessor maps, this strainer is smack dab in the middle of the only private property on both sides of the river in the entire canyon. The tree stump is either on,inside or just outside the boundary line. For anyone who may try to remove the strainer from the river, you may want to consider confirming this info before proceding.
Since I'm a wade fisherman rather than a boater, it probably would be a good idea for some boaters to walk down, check it out and report back on this thread. Also, a sign at the parking lot may be a good idea but that's probably up to USFS or Bureau of Reclamation. I'll probably contact Kara but others may do so also.
Again, imo, ain't nobody floating over that strainer at any cfs anytime soon.