Flow Surveys Announced for the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers (CO)
American Whitewater needs your help to define stream flows that support the full range of recreational boating opportunities on the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers. Information collected by this study will be used to understand existing use on the river, quantify acceptable flows for all segments on the mainstem rivers, and assist in defining the economic impact river recreation has on the region. Please fill out the survey today! Click here for the Crystal survey and here for the Roaring Fork Survey.
We have developed this survey so individuals and outfitters can report how changes in stream flows affect recreation experience and quality on each of our targeted river segments. Your input will help American Whitewater define the full range of flows necessary to support recreation experiences, from technical, low water to challenging, high water opportunities. This data will be used to develop this range of preferred flows on the mainstem Roaring Fork from above Aspen to its confluence with the Colorado and the Crystal River from Crystal Mill Falls to Carbondale. The results of the analysis will allow American Whitewater to evaluate existing opportunities for paddling based on historic hydrology and define how many boatable days can be expected per year.
By understanding the historical recreation use of the river and its economic impact on the local community, we will have powerful tools to utilize in advocating for the protection of stream flows. We hope you will participate in the survey, share with your paddling buddies, and stay engaged as we move these projects forward.
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