Trout Unlimited banquet Monday |

Trout Unlimited banquet Monday

Kirk Klancke
TU Chapter President
Special to the Sky-Hi News

The Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) was formed in 2006. Their name came from Jim Nelson who was known statewide through his ownership of the Nelson Fly Shop in Tabernash. The mission statement of the Headwaters Chapter is to conserve, protect and restore the rivers in Grand County.

The first order of business for the Headwaters Chapter was to address the declining health of our local rivers caused by existing and future diversions of water taken out of the county to Front Range cities. This work began with many conversations with the organizations altering the flows in our rivers and has evolved to become a river management team consisting of Denver Water, Northern Water, Parks and Wildlife, Grand County, the Colorado River District, Middle Park Water and Trout Unlimited. This form of River Management is called “Learning By Doing” (LBD) and is based on the science of healing our rivers and not politics.

Besides participating in the LBD process, the Headwaters Chapter raises money to help pay for the scientific studies that guide the future of LBD and the future of our rivers. The Chapter is also very active in education outreach that has helped turn our students into some of the most knowledgeable young people in the State about water and river health. Our chapter has helped to clean up many river sections in our County. Some had never been cleaned before and one model A car frame, a stovepipe and bedsprings were all removed from a section of the Fraser River.

The future has us continuing the work we do while adding river improvement projects like vegetation planting and streambed channeling to our work load.

On Monday July 25 we will host our annual fundraising banquet in the High Lonesome Lodge at the Devils Thumb Ranch. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m. with a four-course dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 each or two for $120 and can be purchased at WP Optical, next to Safeway in Fraser, or at the door. Entertainment includes a live auction and a silent auction. This is one of Grand County’s best social events and all money raised will be spent locally on our rivers, lakes and streams.

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