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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

CPW Asks Fishermen To Avoid Crystal River

Courtesy of Christy Rose

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced Thursday that it is lifting some fishing restrictions, and increasing others.


CPW officials are lifting several voluntary fishing closures across the state, including one on the Roaring Fork River. The stretch from Carbondale to the Colorado River had been off-limits to anglers between 2 p.m. and midnight for more than a month because of high water temperatures that threaten fish.

Liza Mitchell with Roaring Fork Conservancy said cooler temperatures and releases from Ruedi Reservoir have both contributed to improved conditions.

But the stretch of the Crystal River from Avalanche Creek to the confluence with the Roaring Fork has not improved and CPW is now asking that anglers avoid fishing there altogether. That segment is downriver from many diversions, and low flows have meant warmer water temperatures. The closure is voluntary, but CPW officials say if conditions persist, they may consider mandatory measures to protect fish.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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