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June 15, 2018

Volunteers Needed for Conservation Projects

by: Cy Ball

Volunteer Work

The Backcountry Limnology Project
Alpine Lakes Water Testing
Locations to be determined
Times determined by volunteers
Read more….


Temperature Probe Placement and Monitoring
Clear Creek tributaries
May – October, days determined by volunteers
Read more…..

Native Trout Projects
Dates and activities determined by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Colorado Trout Unlimited
Read more…..


Monofilament Collection Canisters:
Locations determined by Forest Service
Times determined by volunteers
Read more…..

Culvert Surveys
Location and times to be determined
Read more…..

Stream Condition Surveys
Clear Creek and Tributaries
Times to be determined
Read more…..

Brook Trout Removal
Bobtail and Steelman Creeks
Times determined by Forest Service and CPW
Read more…..

River Watch.
Clear Creek, Mayhem Gulch area
Monthly on Wednesdays
Read more…..



The Backcountry Limnology Project
Alpine Lakes Water Testing
Locations to be determined
Times determined by volunteer

 

Details:  The Backcountry Limnology Project is a cooperative venture between the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Volunteers will walk to alpine lakes and collect data on water temperature and turbidity. The goal is to collect data that will help determine the effects of climate change on alpine lakes.  WDTU will supply the gear. Volunteers will be trained in how to use the gear. The actual data collection will take a few minutes….after which a volunteer might do something else, like fish the lake.  The lakes to go to will be identified by CU. The dates are whenever alpine lakes are ice-free and whenever a volunteer is available.Email rickdornfeld@msn.com to volunteer.  You must be willing to attend training sessions and follow through with your project..


Temperature Probe Placement and Monitoring
Clear Creek tributaries
May – October, days determined by volunteers

 

Details:  Data-logger launch and retrieval.  It may sound like NASA, but travel to Cape Canaveral is not required for this work.  This is a joint project among CTU, CPW and USFS. Volunteers will walk into Clear Creek tributaries to deploy and monitor water temperature data probes in the streambeds.  The probes collect continuous temperature data that will help determine if a stream reach can support cutthroat trout. Trout need a certain number of “degree days” of water temperature to spawn.  The data logger project will identify which stream reaches are most suitable for greenback cutthroat restoration; and which stream reaches might continue to support trout as the effects of climate change kick in.  This is a job for volunteers who enjoy the science of collecting precise information with electronic gear; and who are able to walk into remote sites. Training and gear will be provided. About 12 sites in the Clear Creek watershed will be studied.  Each volunteer may take on one or more sites and each site visit may take a day of time, considering driving time and hiking time. Each volunteer will commit to visiting each of their sites at least three times during the ice-fee months…..roughly during May, June, and October….on days of the volunteers choosing.Email rickdornfeld@msn.com to volunteer.  You must be willing to attend training sessions and follow through with your project.


Native Trout Projects
Place and Dates determined by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Colorado Trout Unlimited

 

Details: Native Trout Projects. Dan Omasta with Colorado Trout Unlimited (CTU) is leading
the charge on several projects to benefit native cutthroat trout. Dan relies on the CTU
website to solicit volunteers for projects. The project list will change as time goes by.
Here is what is listed as of today: Rock Creek beaver dam removal, greenback
spawning on Zimmerman Lake, Rock Creek trailhead restoration, greenback stocking
on Dry Gulch and Herman Gulch. If you want to sign up for any of these projects go to
coloradotu.org. Click on “conservation”. Click on “native trout”. Click on “volunteer”.
Click on “upcoming volunteer projects”.


Monofilament Collection Canisters:
Locations determined by Forest Service
Times determine by volunteer

 

Details: According to USFS, there are several “hotspots” across the Arapaho NF that could use disposal containers for collecting monofilament. Volunteers would build and deploy the canisters in locations where fishing pressure is high. Each canister would need to be “adopted” and emptied and maintained. USFS will supply materials. The dates are whenever a volunteer is available.Email rickdornfeld@msn.com to volunteer. You must be willing to attend training sessions and follow through with your project.


Culvert Surveys
Location and times to be determined

 

Details:  The road culverts that block fish passage on USFS land in the Clear Creek watershed have been identified.  These culverts prevent trout migration, resulting in under-utilized trout habitat. A technical survey is needed on each culvert site before culvert replacement can occur. WDTU has not taken part in this kind of work in the past and there are not definite plans in place for culvert surveys in 2018.  However, USFS has offered to train motivated WDTU members with skill sets or backgrounds in engineering or land surveying. Following the training, there could be on-the-ground culvert surveys conducted in 2018-2019.

Email rickdornfeld@msn.com to volunteer.  You must be willing to attend training sessions and follow through with your project.


Stream Condition Surveys
Clear Creek and Tributaries
Times to be determined

 

Details: The High Peaks to Headwaters Plan for the Clear Creek watershed identifies over twenty miles of stream length for trout habitat restoration. Volunteers are needed to visit degraded stream reaches and collect useful but simple measures of stream condition. This information would be used by USFS to develop stream restoration projects in future years. Training would be provided, after which some actual stream survey work could take place in 2018-2019. Email ririckdornfeld@msn.com to volunteer. You must be willing to attend training sessions and follow through with your project.


Brook Trout Removal
Bobtail and Steelman Creeks
Times determined by Forest Service and CPW

 

Details: These two creeks have brook trout that are suppressing the native Colorado River cutthroat populations. 2018 will be the eighth year of a joint USFS/CPW effort to mechanically remove brook trout to increase the survival of native trout. Results are encouraging. Volunteers are needed to assist USFS/CPW electro-fishing crews. Volunteers capture fish, measure captured fish, release cutthroats, and remove brook trout.Email rickdornfeld@msn.com to volunteer.


River Watch.
Clear Creek, Mayhem Gulch area
Monthly on Wednesdays

 

DetaIls: Dennis Wiles leads WDTU volunteers on monthly data collection trips up Clear Creek. WDTU is part of a state-wide network of organizations and schools that collect temperature, pH, heavy metals and aquatic insect data to create a long term picture of river health.Email Dennis Wiles at cowdeer@aol.com to volunteer. You must be willing to attend training sessions and follow through with your project.