Clear Creek restoration project underway: Trout Unlimited West Denver hopes to improve fish habitat, sense of stewardship

Building on past success, the Trout Unlimited West Denver chapter is about to begin restoration on about three-quarters of a mile of Clear Creek, northwest of Golden.

The Canyon Reach project, with multiple funding sources, will begin near Jefferson County Open Space Park’s Mayhem Gulch development then continue upstream to the vicinity of the park’s paved turnout just below the Colorado 119 and U.S. 6 junction.

Glen Edwards, Trout Unlimited West Denver’s local project director, said the restoration of Clear Creek habitat as a fishery resource is one goal, along with building a sense of stewardship in the community for the entire Clear Creek watershed.

“(We’ll) go down in the stream, move some of the natural rocks to make for better winter habitat — deeper holes and feeding lanes and just places for fish to survive the winter,” he said.

The major portion of the nearly $264,000 in funding came from the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Fishing is Fun program, to the tune of $168,700. Some $60,000 will come from Jefferson County Conservation Trust Fund allocation, and the Water Conservation Board added more than $20,000. Trout Unlimited West Denver is contributing funds and volunteer work.

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