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Old 01-24-2014   #1
Dillon, Colorado
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Gore Canyon Whitewater Park

Dear Interested Party:

This letter is to inform you BLM has received an application for a right-of-way (ROW) from Grand County to build a whitewater park on the Colorado River just above Launch 2 at the Pumphouse Recreation site. The legal description for the project is 6th P.M., T. 1S., R. 82W., Section 12, Grand County, Colorado. The Kremmling Field Office is preparing to analyze the proposal through an Environmental Analysis. This notification is to give you the opportunity to comment on the proposal and have your comments considered in the environmental analysis.

The project is needed to provide a reasonable recreational experience as allowed by Colorado law; and in doing so, will: 1) Implement an important part of the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement (CRCA) among Denver Water and over thirty west slope entities that provides for the development of a RICD below Gore Canyon; and 2) Provide permanent protection for flows in support of the Outstanding Remarkable Values (ORV) for Recreational Floatboating in the Upper Colorado River as part of the BLM Resource Management Plan in support of the Wild &Scenic Rivers Stakeholders Group Alternative Management Plan.
The feature is proposed to be constructed in accordance with the approved designs for Recreational In-Channel Diversion (RICD).

The feature consists of engineered designed boulders and block-like concrete objects placed across the stream channel that are not visible at normal flows and allow for fish passage at all flow rates. The engineering plans and designs are available at this office.

Construction timing is proposed in late fall and early winter in order to take advantage of low flows, after the brown trout spawn, as well as minimize impacts to recreational use. Construction mobilization is proposed and anticipated October 1, 2014.

The Preferred Alternative has direct proximity to existing facilities and use benefits as it is adjacent to a developed boat ramp, parking, bathrooms, picnic area and campground; riparian zone and potential impacts are minimized. Specifics of the preferred alternative can be seen on the BLM website at BLM Colorado | Kremmling Field Office.

Please provide written comments to [email protected] or to 2103 E Park Ave. Kremmling, CO 80459 by February 28, 2014. Comment written below will not be official and cannot be used in the scoping process. If you have any further questions, you may contact Annie Sperandio, Realty Specialist, at 970-724-3062.

Hannah Schechter
Outdoor Recreation Planner
USDI BLM, Kremmling Field Office
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Old 01-25-2014   #2
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Sent. I hope this project moves forward, it would be pretty cool to have a play feature there.
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