The West Denver Chapter of Trout Unlimited was presented with the "Silver Trout" award at the National Trout Unlimited Awards Luncheon in Bend, Oregon on Friday September 16. The Silver Trout award recognizes the outstanding chapter within its region. West Denver was recognized for its consistently excellent programs in youth education and conservation. Highlights include:
- a partnership with the Jefferson County Schools' Windy Peak Outdoor Lab where the chapter teaches entomology and fly tying, as well as providing fishing opportunity, to sixth graders from across the County;
- completion of the "Golden Mile" stream restoration project on Clear Creek in Golden, along with ongoing work for further restoration in the "Canyon Reach" project several miles upstream on Clear Creek;
- statewide leadership with Trout Unlimited participation in the RiverWatch program and with engagement on stream protection and mitigation with Department of Transportation project;
- community service and engagement through programs such as river cleanups and fly fishing classes for adults with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center,
Chapter leaders were unable to make it to Bend personally, but Colorado TU President Sinjin Eberle accepted the award on behalf of West Denver and will present it to the chapter at an upcoming meeting.
Congratulations, West Denver!