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Vail to enforce stream boundaries

VAIL, Colorado – Enforcement actions are underway to remove encroachments into town-owned land along Gore Creek. The encroachments, ranging from landscaping to permanent structures – including a basketball court – were identified during a recent survey.

The encroachments have subjected Gore Creek and other waterways to numerous disturbances including erosion and degradation of the water quality, said Bill Carlson, the town’s environmental planner.

Property owners who are believed to be encroaching onto town-owned property will be receiving a letter from the town next month informing them of the circumstances and directing them to contact Bob Webb, code compliance officer, at 970-477-3417. Webb will work with all those found to be encroaching to rectify the violation.

The town has been purchasing land along Vail’s steams over the past 30 years to protect the waterways and provide public access. Town also requires the minimum setback be 50 feet from the centerline of Gore Creek and 30 feet from the centerline of all other tributaries.

Gore Creek is a cold water fishery and portions of it are designated Gold Medal Water by the Colorado Wildlife Commission, meaning the water has a high quality rating and can produce a certain quantity of large trout.

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For more information about the town’s stream tract enforcement efforts, contact Community Development Director George Ruther at 970-479-2145.

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