The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area scores $425,000 from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for restoration work

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From The Mountain Mail (Cailey McDermott):

The project is designed to reduce the sediment in the river, improve river health and fishery imports. “Probably when all is said and done, it will cost close to $1 million,” Rob White recreation area park manger said. Additional financing will be from Colorado state parks, he said. Construction is set to start in the spring at Hecla Junction recreation site. White is hopeful work will be finished by fall. Hecla Junction was chosen because it’s an area of heavy recreational use and it received back-to-back flash floods in 2006 and 2007, White said. “The floods cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. We want to make the site more sustainable,” White said. Tom Waters, area assistant park manager, said focus of spring construction will be to remove sediments from the river so they can be measured and examined. It will create detention ponds where sediment is captured before reaching the river.

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