‘It takes a village to save a river’
November 8, 2013
To the Editor:
"Recent Sand Removal Should Improve Fraser River Quality." I am very pleased to have a local paper that covers water issues so well. In the article about the sediment basin at the base of Berthoud Pass, Leia (Larsen) wrote a very good article about a very good project. She was limited by the amount of space that she could take up in the paper and was unable to give enough credit to two of the people who were the most responsible for 680 tons of sediment being removed from the Fraser River this fall. In 2007 when the negotiations stalled out, Craig Magwire from the U.S. Forest Sulphur Ranger District called and facilitated a meeting that put the sediment basin back on track. Without this intervention, the project would have died. The other hero in this story is Lurline Underbrink Curran, as county manager, agreed to administrate the grant that the East Grand Water Quality Board was able to acquire but not administrate. Our county manager and the county commissioners who agreed to help fund the project are the reason that water quality in the Fraser River is better this year than it was last year. It takes a whole village to save a river.