Trout Unlimited hires new Upper Colorado River coordinator |

Trout Unlimited hires new Upper Colorado River coordinator


Trout Unlimited’s Colorado Water Project announced the hiring of Rob Firth as project coordinator for the Upper Colorado River Basin in Grand and Summit counties.

Firth retired in 2008 after a distinguished 25-year career with the Colorado Division of Wildlife as a district and area wildlife manager in Grand, Summit and parts of Routt and Eagle counties.

“We are excited to put Rob Firth’s experience and skills to work protecting fish and wildlife habitat in the Upper Colorado River Basin,” said Drew Peternell, director of Trout Unlimited’s Colorado Water Project, which works to improve stream flows and coldwater fisheries in the state. “Rob is a trusted local voice on resource issues. And he knows how to bring people together to find solutions. That makes him a perfect choice to coordinate projects on behalf of TU in the Upper Colorado.”

For many years, the health of the Upper Colorado River Basin has suffered as a result of large-scale diversions of water to Colorado’s Front Range, with low stream flows degrading coldwater fish habitat. Firth will work to assure that the proposed Windy Gap Firming Project and Moffat Tunnel Firming Project do not further damage an already over-tapped river system.

Firth will also plan and implement on-the-ground projects that improve coldwater habitat in the Upper Colorado River Basin. He will work closely with water users, private landowners and agency staff to identify opportunities to restore streams and implement cooperative agreements with irrigators that benefit agricultural operations and fish habitat simultaneously.

“I have always respected Trout Unlimited as an outstanding grassroots sportsmen’s conservation group,” Firth said. “I’m eager to work with local partners to find ways to protect and enhance our fisheries here on the West Slope.”

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