The Blue River between Dillon and Green Mountain Reservoirs is a popular high-elevation tailwater with close access to Colorado's Front Range and is a significant contributor to the $36,000,000+ local fishing economy. Unfortunately, this important reach of river has declined over the last several decades and was delisted as a Gold Medal status water by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2016.
Fortunately, there is hope for the Blue. Trout Unlimited and the Blue River Watershed Group have been working closely with local stakeholders, fly shops, municipalities, and resource managers to better understand what is causing the decline and to develop a science-based process to restore the Blue. This process is known as the Blue River Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP). In 2021, the IWMP project team will implement several critical studies, including seasonal macroinvertebrate and periphyton sampling as well as an assessment of stream flow and channel morphology, to help identify the most likely impediments to the health of the Blue River - and develop actions to restore the Blue.
But we need your help! Through the generous support of Cutthroat Anglers, we are already well on our way to reach our goal of $10,000.
Help us get the Blue back to Gold with a donation today! Make your generous contribution below.
Interested in learning more about this project? Click here to view our project flyer or visit the Blue River Watershed Group website to learn more.
A big THANK YOU to the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado River District, Blue Valley Ranch, Town of Silverthorne, Summit County, SWQC, Gore Range Chapter of TU, and Colorado TU for their generous support of this project!