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Aquatic life allowed to pass

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Forest Service Road will be temporarily closed next week, but the quick closure will allow for the permanent passage of several generations of aquatic life.

“We’ll be installing an aquatic organism passage structure in a tributary to North Thompson Creek,” explained White River National Forest Hydrologist Mark Weinhold, who added that the project will make it easier for aquatic life to travel throughout the area’s watershed.

Four Mile Road, also known as Forest Service Road 300, will be closed one mile south of Baylor Park from Monday, August 6, to Friday, August 10, as White River National Forest road crews perform the project. Vehicles with four-wheel drive may be able to bypass the closure by taking Forest Service Road 302 through Baylor Park during the closure. Signs warning drivers of the closure will be posted in the area.

The passage will be replacing an existing pipe that is undersized and falling apart, Weinhold said. The new pipe will be 12 feet wide and over seven feet tall, and it will allow species such as brook trout and Colorado cutthroat trout to pass under the road and through the channel.

The passage is the first of seven pipes that will be installed over three years in the area.

For more information on the project, contact Weinhold at 970-945-3306.


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