Blue River Restoration project says thanks for support |

Blue River Restoration project says thanks for support

On behalf of the partners of the Blue River Restoration Project, I would like to thank the Summit Daily News and the community for its generous support of the April 26 Blue River Festival.

Because of exposure and editorial support the Summit Daily News committed to this project, the Blue River Festival was able to raise over $15,000 for the restoration of the Blue River from the base of the Dillon Dam to the I-70 overpass. 

Proceeds from the Blue River Festival bring our current fundraising balance to $80,000, narrowing the fundraising gap to only $14,750 to match the National Forest Foundation grant and complete the project.

The Blue River Restoration Project seeks to maintain and enhance the Gold Medal Fishing status of the Blue River through the town of Silverthorne. 

Stream improvements include reinforcing banks, planting vegetation to reduce erosion and reconfiguring the channel of the riverbed to accommodate lower flows during times of drought. This work will create a more productive environment for trout and help preserve local wildlife, which depends on the river. The project will help ensure a quality fishing experience. 

Currently, construction and restoration efforts are scheduled for July. Our funding goals still require some significant support, so please do not hesitate to let your friends know about this project.  

Donations are still needed and can be made by calling (970) 468-0295 ext. 123.

As always, there are far too many supporters of this event and project to acknowledge, but your support has not been forgotten. 

However, a few “super stars” include: Trout Unlimited, the town of Silverthorne, artist Lana McCleary, Neils Lunceford Landscaping, Ecological Resource Consultants, TCD General Contractors, Jim Hudson Chevrolet, Krystal 93, FirstBank of Silverthorne, the Silverthorne and Dillon Factory Stores, Cutthroat Anglers, Mountain Anglers, Blue River Anglers, Breckenridge Outfitters, Summit Guides, Gilchrist Catering, Pavilion Beverage Concessionaires, the Dam Brewery and local river-dependent businesses and private property owners. 


Liz Finn

Director of Member Services

Northwest Colorado

Council of Governments

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