Spawning creek needs to be saved
A response to Lynn Burton’s fish story must be made. Lynn’s statement that “Anglers have several fishing options … such as Three Mile Creek” must be clarified. Thee Mile Creek from Midland Avenue up is not open to public fishing. This is a privately owned land with no access without landowner permission.
In the 42 years I have been on Three Mile, 27 of those years as my residence, the spawning rainbows have to a large degree been left alone. From Midland down, there have been problems from local kids with buckets and nets, but that problem was solved with the new law prohibiting fishing during the spawn.
For the record, the salvage operation was conducted a week before Memorial Day, because according to Allen Czenkusch, one man called. Four days after the salvage it snowed three inches and the following snow melt doubled the amount of water, affording the fish an opportunity to make it back to the Roaring Fork.
As one of the most important spawning creeks for the Roaring Fork, Three Mile Creek has been having a shortage of water for approximately seven years. That was when the water commissioners, with the testimony from Colorado Division of Wildlife officer Larry Green stating that there was not a viable population of trout, allowed Porter Ranch, Alkali Creek, New Castle, to take Three Mile runoff for their reservoir. It has come to my attention that Porter Ranch is expanding their reservoir. Could it be to take more Three Mile Creek runoff water? This important spawning creek needs to be saved.
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