Know about Clean Trails? You Should

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Trail Talk

When many do a little, much can be gained.
Our grass roots efforts continue to grow. In the last month we have done awareness and maintenance events in the San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Denver metropolitan areas. We are working to schedule more activities in those areas and grow our presence in 7 others across the west and in New York City. Consider joining us in developing a nationwide network of trail stewards to keep the more than 50,000 public trails across our country as pristine as nature intended.Highlighted Activities

  • One of our favorite activities is cleaning up an area. In the above image, our Utah State Coordinator, Nate Hawkes organized a clean up activity along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, in Provo Canyon at Canyon Glen Park near Johnson’s Bowl. His crew of 8 collected an estimated 150 pounds of trash, enough to fill over a half dozen large trash bags of litter.
  • In Colorado, Clean Trails’ State Coordinator Lindsay Walton kicked off a collaborative effort with Jefferson County Open Space at Mt. Falcon, which is nestled in the foothills just west of Denver. Just a few hours of spreading our message of responsible recreation, netted close to a dozen prospective volunteers, while touching close to 150 people with our message.

Consider joining us in your area, we can help you get started building a community effort at your favorite trail. Remember that Litter begets litter, areas that are littered always get more littered, while areas that are litter free, tend to stay that way.

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Stay tuned to all the Clean Trails conversations on your favorite social media channel. Consider following us on these select channels:

Join us in keeping our nations’ trails litter free:
Because you’re getting this newsletter, we know you identify with our mission; if you are looking for a rewarding volunteer experience building a nation-wide network of volunteers, email our Interim Executive Director your resume and we’ll find you a great organizational opportunity. rsolosky

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0bbdaf39-a69f-4c2b-93b6-a9a3406946e1.jpgT.pngVolunteer Spotlight – Amanda Wallander RobertsAmanda Wallander Roberts is on a mission to bring some organization to the Clean Trails organization–if that makes any sense! Amanda is the pulse of the organizational and program development for Clean Trails. She works on the systems and processes that allow individuals to get involved with Clean Trails and determine what they do once they are on board. This very organic and fluid undertaking has evolved into a logic model for the program. Future projects include an evaluation plan for the organization. See, she really does organize the organization! Read Amanda’s story here
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75f4719e-e7f6-4312-8c6a-b0669fe27e27.jpgT.pngLatest Blog Post – How Clean Trails WorksThe key to inspiring participation and creating a stronger community around our project is to facilitate a social interaction. Our project is designed to encourage hikers of all ages to band together and take the initiative to maintain their favorite trails. Our objective is to create a sense of pride and purpose for our trail systems, and keep them as pristine as the wild places to which they take us. Read our latest post here.

We’re really interested in your stories, send them to info

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LOVE THE LAND | LOSE THE LITTERStudy after study shows the highest indicator that someone will pick up litter is if they witness someone else picking up litter. That’s because peer group norms are more powerful than incentives, and when worked in concert with each other, they can provide impressive behavioral change impacts.ENLIST YOUR FRIENDS, SEND THEM THIS EMAIL AND ASK THEM TO JOIN TOO!

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Update: Clean Trails, you should join

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Trail Talk
We’re growing by leaps and bounds! Our volunteer drive is proving to be more than fruitful; in the last month we have added 9 new positions to our roster and we would like to recognize and thank these individuals for offering their expertise in fulfilling the Clean Trails mission.

  • Lara McLaughlin, San Francisco – Webmaster
  • Gina Zanutto, Denver – Facebook Channel Manager
  • Megan Young, San Diego – Pinterest Channel Manager
  • Nate Hawkes, Salt Lake – Utah State Coordinator
  • Ku Mei Kern, Salt Lake – Salt Lake Trails Manager
  • Colby Corso, San Diego – San Diego Trails Manager
  • Chris Iorio, Los Angeles – L.A. Trails Manager
  • Michael Panter, Las Vegas – Las Vegas Trails Manager
  • Mido Assran, Saskatoon – Web Applications Developer

Thanks to ALL our volunteers; YOU ROCK!

Join us in keeping our nations’ trails litter free: We know you identify with our mission; if you are looking for a rewarding volunteer experience building a nation-wide network of volunteers, email our Interim Executive Director your resume and we’ll find you a great organizational opportunity. rsolosky

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Congratulations to Brandon Reidhaar our Idaho State Coordinator! He’s been busting collaborative moves all over Boise lately. His latest effort was in coordination with the Boise Trail Heads, Idaho Hiking Club, and the Milestone Hiking and Recreation Club presenting at their event “Everything You Wanted To Know About Hiking But Were Afraid to Ask.” His presentation was well received garnering several new Clean Trails supporters while focusing on litter reduction while backpacking. Nice job Brandon! You can learn a bit more about Brandon and others on our management team here.

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Many of us have not stopped moving despite the polar vortex and for others the winter thaw is still months ahead. Our Web/Blog Editor Tim Brown provides his thoughts on how to knock off some of the dust and start moving again.

“Now is the time of year when we end our Winter hibernations. We begin our thaw for the year that lies ahead (sorry, Boston). We knock the dust off of ourselves and start moving again. For some, this time of year is a rebirth; for others, it signals metamorphosis or change. For all of us, it means more sunshine and increased outdoor activity. Forget what Punxsutawney Phil said, Winter is on its way out; Spring is on its way in! (Again, sorry, Boston.)” Read More Here…

We’re really interested in your stories, send them to info

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LOVE THE LAND | LOSE THE LITTERStudy after study shows the highest indicator that someone will pick up litter is if they witness someone else picking up litter. That’s because peer group norms are more powerful than incentives, and when worked in concert with each other, they can provide impressive behavioral change impacts.

ENLIST YOUR FRIENDS, SEND THEM THIS EMAIL AND ASK THEM TO JOIN TOO!

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Colorado Trout Unlimited: Great News on the Fraser River in Colorado

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Celebrate A Major Victory for the Fraser River!

The Fraser River is an outstanding trout fishery that has been treasured by generations of Coloradoans and even drew President Eisenhower to the area to fish in an area known as his “Western White House”. Now it is poised to enjoy a renaissance and a future worthy of its storied past.

After years of persistence and hard work – negotiations, public outreach, research, community organizing, lobbying – TU has announced a major deal with Denver Water and Grand County that will bring a new spirit of collaboration – along with significant financial and water resources – to conserving and restoring the Fraser River watershed.

This is one to celebrate!

Restored%20Section%20Fraser%20web.jpgThe Fraser, a key tributary of the Upper Colorado that flows from Berthoud Pass to Granby, has been hammered by years of diversions. Currently, Denver Water is taking about 60 percent of the natural flows of the Fraser, and their proposed project to expand diversions through the Moffat Tunnel would take another 15 percent of the river. That would put the Fraser and its trout fishery on life support, unless the river received additional protections and mitigation to offset the potential impacts.

For the past decade, TU has been working to secure just those kinds of protections. We identified three core issues for the river: avoiding excessively warm water temperatures that threaten trout and other coldwater species; ensuring adequate “flushing flows” to keep stream beds from becoming clogged by sediment; and including a long-term monitoring and adaptive management program to deal with future challenges that might not be foreseen based on limited information today. Over the years we had moments of promise and others where things looked bleak – but we never stopped pushing for the protections we knew the Fraser River needed. Now, we can celebrate an agreement that addresses all three challenges and helps secure a bright future for the Fraser.

The new agreement, called the Mitigation and Enhancement Coordination Plan, builds on other commitments Denver Water has previously made to address issues facing the Fraser. Under the agreement, Denver Water will provide additional instream flows during key summer months to help keep water temperatures from rising too high. They will use the flexibility built into their extensive water diversion system to help meet target peak flows to help flush sediment and maintain habitat. All of this will take part through a new collaboration called “Learning By Doing” that includes long-term monitoring, financial and water contributions from Denver Water, and cooperative management to adjust conservation and mitigation efforts over time to minimize impacts and maximize benefits for the Fraser River. Importantly, Denver has agreed to propose Learning By Doing as a condition of its federal permit for the Moffat Project – meaning that the commitment to this effort will be secure not only today, but for the future.

Through this Plan and the parallel agreements, the Fraser and Upper Colorado will have an impressive package of protections and enhancements to help secure their future:

Mitigation Measures:

· Measures to address stream temperature issues:

o Monitor stream temperatures and bypass up to 250 AF of water annually if stream temperatures reach state standards

o Bypass sufficient additional flows to reach defined minimum flows if stream temperature problem persists after the 250 AF have been bypassed

o Contribute $1 million to additional projects if temperature problems persist

· Measures to address sediment issues:

o Work to provide flushing flows as recommended in Grand County’s Stream Management Plan

o Operate and maintain sediment pond that catches highway traction sand

o Contribute $1 million to additional projects if sediment problems persist

· $750,000 for fish habitat restoration projects

· $72,500 for fish barrier and restoration of cutthroat habitat plus any additional measures required by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in its Biological Opinion

Enhancement Measures:

· Through Learning by Doing, implement an extensive monitoring program including stream temperature, sediment transport, benthic macroinvertebrates, and riparian areas and wetlands

· Use Denver Water’s system operation flexibility to address identified problems while maintaining water yield

· Provide in-kind contributions of people, equipment and material to benefit Learning by Doing

· $3.25 million for aquatic habitat improvement projects ($1.25 million available before the project is built)

· $2 million for water quality projects (available before the project is built)

· $1 million to pump water at Windy Gap to Granby for release for the benefit of the Colorado River below Granby and below Windy Gap Reservoir

· $2 million for stream improvement projects in the Colorado River

· $1 million for the Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholder effort in the Colorado River

· 1000 AF of water each year released from Denver Water’s Fraser collection system for the benefit of Fraser basin streams

· 1000 AF of water each year released from Williams Fork reservoir (including up to 2,500 AF of carryover storage) for the benefit of the Colorado River below its confluence with Williams Fork

It has been a long road, and one that we haven’t travelled alone. Our conservation allies have been steadfast in their shared commitment to this watershed. Grand County has been a remarkable example of local government leadership in protecting the values of their home waters. Local landowners have contributed their time, expertise, resources, and political support – standing up for their local watershed and community. Denver Water, while we didn’t always see eye to eye, maintained an open door for dialogue and has stepped up to address its impacts in good faith. We deeply appreciate the contributions of all of our partners to this milestone victory for a treasured river.

Fraser%20troutRiverstock.jpgAnd we thank you – our members and supporters – for all that you have done throughout this effort to make this achievement possible. You’ve turned up at public meetings, submitted letters and comments to regulatory agencies, taken part in rallies to support the river, shared the Fraser the Trout video with friends and signed the petition of support for the river – all of these individual efforts and actions have added up to a powerful force for change and truly made a difference for the Fraser River.

I’m very proud of what “Team TU” has accomplished together —national staff, state council and grassroots all working together. Mely Whiting of TU’s Colorado Water Project has put blood, sweat and tears into this campaign for years, attending countless meetings, crunching mind-numbing technical data, and negotiating the shoals of the federal permitting process. Our Council staff and volunteer leaders like Sinjin Eberle have helped at every step with negotiations and public education. TU’s Colorado River Headwaters Chapter and its president, Kirk Klancke, spoke eloquently about the Fraser at every opportunity and spearheaded chapter-led restoration projects. (Kirk’s passionate advocacy was the subject of a recent National Geographic profile online.) At all levels, TU has been working together to protect the Fraser and Upper Colorado.

This agreement comes just over a year after a similar agreement was reached with the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District on its Windy Gap Firming Project – including extensive river protections and mitigation for the Upper Colorado River, including a shared vision for reconnecting the Colorado River through the current Windy Gap dam to restore fish passage, create improved habitat, and enhance water quality. Collectively, these agreements and the long-term cooperation envisioned under Learning by Doing give us a chance to truly protect and restore a priceless part of Colorado’s river heritage.

While this is a major turning point, our work in the Fraser basin and Upper Colorado is far from over. With both the Moffat and Windy Gap projects, we need to secure final federal permits that reflect the agreements reached with Denver and Northern. Your voice in urging the Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation to honor these agreements and lend their support and force of law to the effort will be vital. Beyond that, we will have the long-term work of collaborating with Denver, Northern, Grand County, local landowners, and community partners for ongoing monitoring, cooperative water management, leveraging of additional financial and volunteer resources, and completing projects to improve river health. These agreements provide the framework and opportunity for future success – and ensure TU has a place at the table moving forward – but it will take our continued committed efforts to truly achieve the full potential of these victories for Colorado’s rivers.

Your continued support and involvement with TU will make that possible, and I thank you for helping us to make a difference.

Sincerely,

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David Nickum

CTU Executive Director

Colorado Trout Unlimited | 620 Sixteenth St., Ste. 300
Denver, Colorado 80202

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