West Denver Chapter Trout Unlimited
The West Denver Chapter of TU is a non-profit organization serving anglers and environmentally conscious friends in an ongoing effort to fulfill the mission of Trout Unlimited:
... Conserving, protecting and enhancing Colorado's coldwater fisheries through volunteerism, education and outreach.
We dedicate ourselves to presenting timely and informative news concerning local conservation, restoration and related topics. We also organize various outings, have educational programs, and conservation work. As volunteers, the results from our activities are both fun and satisfying. If you share our passions for conservation, then please consider joining and participating in Trout Unlimited. Also, be sure to sign up for our email list to receive updates on critical issues concerning fisheries conservation.
We hope you will bookmark our site (http://www.wdtu.org) and visit often.
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Conserving, protecting and enhancing Colorado's coldwater fisheries through volunteerism, education and outreach.
Volunteer to Help June 1st
at the Joseph's Journey Fishing Derby
Photo gallery of our 2011 Fly Tying Clinic at Jeffco Fairgrounds- photos by Joe Cunningham
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Fantasy Raffle Drawing Postponed
Until June 5
The Chapter’s Fantasy Raffle drawing was originally scheduled for our May 1 Chapter meeting. However, because of severe weather conditions, the May 1 Chapter meeting was cancelled as, of course, was the drawing. The drawing will now take place at our June 5th Chapter meeting. Sorry for the inconvenience.
1 Tying Corner/Welcome 6:30 PM
Speaker: Thomas Schneider
10-12 Chapter Trip to Gray Reef (see page 2)
13 Board Meeting 7 PM – 300 CSM
24 June Anglers’ Edge deadline
1 Joseph’s Journey
5 Tying Corner/Welcome 6:30 PM
Chapter Meeting – Election of Officers
Speaker: Robert Younghanz
10 Board Meeting 7 PM – 300 CSM *
16 Bass Pro Father’s Day Cook Out
No chapter meeting – gone fishing
No Anglers' Edge this month
08 Board Meeting 7 PM – 300 CSM *
08 August Anglers’ Edge deadline
20 CTU Summer Board Meeting -
07 Annual Chapter Picnic -
Lions Park in Golden
10 Easter Seals Cook OUt -
12 Board Meeting 7pm - 300 CSM *
12 Sept Anglers' Edge deadline
17 Wheat Ridge Lanes Auto Show
cookout 9am - 3 pm
*Note! Our board meetings are held in Hill
Hall, Room 300 (the Williams Room), on
the Colorado School of Mines Campus.
For further information contact Glen Edwards at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
WDTU is one of the largest and most active Chapters in the state of Colorado. We created this
web site to facilitate better communications among our membership and with the community at large. Here you will find information about our Chapter and the Trout Unlimited organization, details on our current and past activities and projects, important conservation and legislative information, and some fly fishing news. Please feel free to browse our site and come back as often as you like. We are always striving to improve, so we welcome your feedback. From all of us at WDTU, enjoy!
Streams Affected by Even the Earliest Stages of Urban Development
In a new study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), it was found that the loss of sensitive species in streams begins to occur at the initial stages of urban development. The culprits are the increased contaminants entering the streams, destruction of riparian habitat, and greater stream #ow #ashiness. The results of the study show that streams are more sensitive to development than previously believed. The victims are the bruised ecosystems and a reduction in economically viable resources like !shing and tourism.
"We tend not to think of waterways as fragile organisms, and yet that is exactly what the results of this scientific investigation appear to be telling us," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. "Streams are more than water, but rather communities of interdependent aquatic life, the most sensitive of which are easily disrupted by urbanization.
" For example, the study found that once urban development approached 20 percent in watersheds in the New England area, aquatic invertebrate communities lost about 25 percent of their biodiversity.
Multiple streams in nine metropolitan areas in the continental US were sampled. The study areas included Atlanta GA; Birmingham AL; Boston MA; Dallas TX; Denver CO; Milwaukee WI; Portland OR; Raleigh NC; and Salt Lake City UT.
The USGS researchers found that the degree of change to the biological communities of streams varied geographically depending on the predominant land cover and health of the ecosystem prior to urban development. In areas such as Boston, Portland, Salt Lake City, Birmingham, Atlanta, and Raleigh, there was a greater loss because the land cover prior to development was forest. In areas such as Denver, Dallas, and Milwaukee, there was less loss because the prior land cover was more agricultural. "The reason for this difference was not because biological communities in the Denver, Dallas, and Milwaukee areas are more resilient to stressors from urban development,
but because the biological communities had already lost sensitive species to stressors from pre-urban agricultural land use activities," said Dr. Gerard McMahon, lead scientist on the study. The study found that no single stressor was universally important. The result is a combination of all stressors combined, like increased concentrations of insecticides, chlor- ides, and nutrients. Management strategies are used throughout the US to reduce these impacts, but unfortunately, this study shows that the effects of urbanization can be felt even at the early stages.
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Our Chapter is again working with Joseph's Journey at their annual Fishing Derby. Saturday, June 1st, will be the date this year for the event at the Waterton Canyon Ponds in Waterton Canyon.
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