Deckers: Open house to discuss local watershed restoration efforts to mitigate effects of Hayman fire

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From the Pikes Peak Courier View (Norma Engelberg):

The public is invited to an open house 4-7 p.m Dec. 15 at the Deckers Community Center to talk about ways to prevent damage to local streams.

More from the article:

Flood waters wash sediment into local creeks, and that sediment eventually ends up in Metro Denver reservoirs, decreasing holding capacity and causing the city millions of dollars in dredging costs. “Denver would love for us to restore the watershed but there are things we can do to help our local situation, as well,” Kot said. “Look at Trail Creek [Road], County Road 3. … That road is a lifeblood mechanism for all the hunters, fishers and tourists going into the backcountry, so Teller County does not want to abandon it. We’re looking at ways to restore it. We’ve been told in the past that sometimes the creek is the road and the road is the creek.” The three-year watershed restoration plan covers parts of Trail, Trout, West and Horse creeks in Teller and Douglas counties, all of which eventually drain into the South Platte River. Partners for this multimillion dollar project include the U.S. Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation, Vail Associates and other nonprofit organizations.

To restore the watershed, according to a letter from District Ranger J.R. Hickenbottom of the South Platte Ranger District, the plan includes:

Stabilization of eroded and sediment-filled stream channels.
Road or trail decommissioning, reconstruction, relocation or maintenance.
Planting of riparian and upland vegetation.
Treatment of noxious weeds.
Thinning of overstocked stands.
Monitoring of project effectiveness…

For information about the Hayman Fire watershed restoration project, attend the open house. For information on conservation district programs and opportunities, call the conservation district at 719-686-9405 or stop by the office at 800 Research Drive, Suite 100. The Natural Resources Conservation District office serving Douglas County is at 410 Fairgrounds Road, Unit B, Castle Rock, 303-688-3042.

More South Platte River Basin coverage here.

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