Clear Creek Courant Since the discovery of gold in 1859 in Clear Creek County and neighboring Gilpin County, it is doubtful that any Colorado body of water has been under more influence from historic mining activity than Clear Creek.
During the Gold Rush era, an estimated 1,600 or more active mines were developed, with nearly all of those since abandoned.
Over the years, these orphan mines and related mine waste residuals have had negative impacts on the local fishery. Clear Creek’s revival began in the late 1980s, about the time that Ed Rapp arrived on the scene.
Rapp is being honored as Colorado Trout Unlimited’s conservationist of the year.
Thanks to Coyote Gulch for the link.