In Brief: Removing an old dam leaves upper reaches of Arkansas River open to trout, boats

For the first time in 55 years, rafters and boaters can float the Arkansas River from Leadville to Cañon City without disruption. Colorado Springs Utilities and Aurora Water have finished replacing a deteriorating dam that was constructed in the 1960s with a boat chute, a new water intake, and a fish ladder that will allow trout to spawn upstream. The Colorado Water Plan aided in funding the Homestake Arkansas River Diversion project, which was recently completed.

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