‘I do not expect entire populations of trout to be wiped clean in any of the flooded rivers’ — Ben Swigle

New Saint Vrain River channel after the September 2013 floods -- photo via the Longmont Times-Call
New Saint Vrain River channel after the September 2013 floods — photo via the Longmont Times-Call

From the Loveland Reporter-Herald (Scott Rochat):

State wildlife biologist Ben Swigle said that most of the Longmont-area fish population rode out September’s floods just fine, according to a recent survey.

For that, he said, fisherman can thank the trees along the St. Vrain River and its nearby ponds.

“Areas (that) held their own in the midst of the rampage were densely vegetated with mature tree stands,” Swigle said. Trout and other fish found shelter in those areas while the flood raged through the main channel, he said.

“As a result,” Swigle said, “I do not expect entire populations of trout to be wiped clean in any of the flooded rivers, and the fall survey we’ve completed thus far has proven this assumption.”

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