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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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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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Nice video.

I took the kids rafting on the Poudre Saturday morning and they called the silty mud "black playdough". It didn't stop them from playing in the water or having a mud fight - sure not the easiest mud to rinse out of gear.

The dark water makes rafting a bit more exciting with all the "no seeum" rocks that are barely covered.

Have fun while it's running.
 

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A good gauge for recovery would be the Haymen burn area and So.Platte below it.It was running charcoal gray for a while but fishing seems to have recovered and undergrowth in the burn area is coming in slowly but surely. The forrest will take decades to fully recover but it is nice to see what has already started. I guess the river may have been stocked and has reservoirs above but the CLP has Chambers lake, the fish hatchery, and lakes on the N.Fork. Were they effected by the fire or above it.?
 

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Some of the healthier areas where the Hewlett Gulch fire just took the underbrush are already growing grass. In the areas where it had been repressed too long that burned through the canopy like near the mouth of Stove Prairie, the soil will be sterilized and it may take 20 years for much to re-grow as it did in the Black Tiger Fire on Sugarlaof outside of Boulder.

Mudslides may form new rapids. There was one blowout near Killer bridge that made it half way across the river about a foot deep. No affect on the rapid below, but it was a bigger event just like it that must have formed the rapid originally.
 

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Some rocks have filled in the right side of sports car in the corner. Didn't seem like it was a big deal but it was noticeable.
 
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