What Drought Means for Fishing in the Colorado River Basin and the West

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What Drought Means for Fishing in the Colorado River Basin and the West

Their organization has run a series on hydrology across the mountain west states, Western Water 101, and this Q & A is specifically about what the ongoing drought in the American West means for fishing in the Colorado River Basin, as well as other states suffering a similar parched summer. To conclude our Western Water 101 series, I talked with a few of our staff working on projects in the Colorado River Basin about fishing conditions and what anglers can do to help protect our beloved trout. Colorado: Drew Peternell, Colorado Water Project directorState of the hydrologyIn early June, Colorado Parks & Wildlife closed the tailwater fishery on the Yampa River below Stagecoach Reservoir because of low flows and warm temperatures. Projects undertaken or in the works to help droughtWhile current conditions are discouraging, TU has been working for years in the Colorado River basin to make streams more resilient to low flows and warm temperatures. Utah: Jordan Nielson, Price River project managerState of the hydrologyThe current hydrology is already affecting the fishing dramatically here.

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