Attempt to weaken stream temp standards fails

The Colorado Water Quality Control Division Commission decided on June 15, 2016 to reject its Division’s proposal to weaken temperature standards during shoulder seasons and in transition zones. If the Division had succeeded, the result would have been increased water temperatures and reduced flows, which in turn, would harm fishl, including trout populations.  CWF participated in the hearing process, in conjunction with Trout Unlimited, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  CWF board member Ashley Rust served as expert witness for CWF and TU. Another CWF board member, Robin Knox, an aquatic biologist, represented CWF at the hearing.  John Woodling, another experienced aquatic biologist, also testfied against the proposal.  Both John and Robin formerly  served as aquatic biologists for the Colorado Division of WIldlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife).