Public hearing to allow input on river flush |

Public hearing to allow input on river flush

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will hold a public hearing today at the Community Center in Glenwood Springs to outline its plan to flush the Fryingpan River next month. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m.The wildlife division has asked the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to boost water releases from Ruedi Reservoir to help flush thick red sediment from the lower Fryingpan River. Seven Castles Creek pumped sediment into the river during a flood Aug. 6. The red mud hasn’t completely cleared from the river and it is also affecting the middle Roaring Fork River. Wildlife division officials said earlier this month that there is no emergency, but they want to try to flush the river as soon as possible so fish habitat doesn’t deteriorate.DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said the public meeting is being held to provide details to interested people and give them an opportunity to comment.

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