Restoration: Park County is awaiting word from Great Outdoors Colorado on $3.57 million grant

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From The Fairplay Flume (Mike Potter):

Tom Eisenman, director of Park County Planning and Zoning and also Park County Environmental Health, said the county submitted a concept paper in October to GOCO outlining its plans for a project that would target 11 miles of rivers to provide better access, environmental restoration, and improving habitat for wildlife. According to its website, GOCO has allocated $14 million to $18 million in funds for the River Corridors Initiative. GOCO is funded by 50 percent of the proceeds from the Colorado lottery. Eisenman said the county should know within the first two weeks of December if it will be asked to submit a grant proposal…

Eisenman and others worked on a six-page concept paper that was submitted to GOCO on Oct. 14. According to the concept paper, the county proposes “increasing fishing and other recreation activities by restoring natural fish and wildlife habitat and by improving access with an expanded trail system that includes ‘river walks’ and educational opportunities.”

The concept paper calls for work to be done on the South Fork of the South Platte River from Antero Reservoir to one mile upstream, where overgrazing has damaged the riparian areas. Riparian areas are the interfaces between land and a river or stream. It also calls for work to be done on the South Fork of the South Platte River from one half mile below Antero Reservoir and continuing through Hartsel. Work in that stretch would include restoration of riparian and wetland habitat, and the creation of a river walk near Hartsel. Work is also proposed for a stretch of the South Fork of the South Platte upstream from Park County Road 59 and downstream of U.S. 24 below Hartsel. Work would also be completed on the Middle Fork of the South Platte River, upstream from Tomahawk State Wildlife Area to the boundary of the Buffalo Peaks Ranch. Work is also proposed for the South Platte River from Spinney Mountain Reservoir to Eleven Mile Reservoir, also known as the “Dream Stream.” Work on that stretch of the river would focus on restoring riparian conditions and channel stability. A river walk is also planned for the Middle Fork of the South Platte River from the Fairplay Beach downstream to U.S. 285. According to the concept paper, the town of Fairplay is negotiating with private landowners to gain public access from the Fairplay Beach downstream. In addition to the river walk, restoration would be conducted to repair damage done by mining. The plan also calls for work to be done on the Middle Fork of the South Platte River from Columbia Reservoir north of Alma to the town.

More South Platte River basin coverage here.

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