During the last few months Denver TU has been underway with a feasibility study to determine what improvements would best benefit the river for improvement for native fishes and recreational fishing.
An excerpt of our report follows:
Specific objectives of this project are to restore approximately 13,000 linear feet (2.5 miles) of the South
Platte River and adjacent wetland and riparian habitat within the South Platte Park. A variety of habitat
types including natural riffles, pools and glide sections could be created, replacing natural stream
habitat that has been impacted by the construction of Chatfield Dam and implementation of flood
control measures. A conceptual design plan showing the project stationing, proposed locations of
riffles/pools, longitudinal profiles, cobble bars/terraces and bank stabilization.
With some luck, hard work, and fun fundraisers like The Carp Slam,
we will make this dream a reality.