August 10, 2007--Endangered fish water releases from Ruedi help flush mud from Fryingpan River (Colorado River District)

Sediment from the Seven Castles Creek flood on Aug. 6 continues to clog the Fryingpan River downstream of the blowout. Anglers in the Gold Medal trout stream are forced to go elsewhere while the mud sticking to the stones in the river degrades critical bug habitat. The Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program and reservoir managers on the Colorado River think they can help the trout in the course of releasing water needed by the endangered fish in the 15-Mile Critical Reach in the Grand Valley. As of Friday, August 10, the Recovery Program asked the Bureau of Reclamation to release more endangered fish water from Ruedi Reservoir, increasing total flows in the Fryinypan to 300 cubic feet per second (cfs).

For a copy of the original press release contact the WIP at (970) 247-1302 or stop by the office at 841 East Second Avenue in Durango.