Letter of Support for Instream Flow on Brush Creek
Dear Colorado Water Conservation Board Members,

As citizens of the Upper Gunnison River Basin we support High Country Conservation Advocates and American Rivers’ recommendation that the Colorado Water Conservation Board appropriate augmented instream flows on Brush Creek, Water Division 4, to preserve the natural environment of Brush Creek. The health of this creek is essential to protecting our healthy ecosystems and important to the well-being of our local recreation-based economy.

The proposed instream flow will ensure that spring, summer, and fall flows can support breeding populations of Colorado cutthroat trout. Additionally, Brush Creek is a popular location for local fly-fishing companies to take customers on guided fly-fishing excursions. The health of our ecosystems and local businesses is tied to the health of our local waters, including Brush Creek.

Colorado state policy states that “the wildlife and their environment are to be protected, preserved, enhanced, and managed for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of this state and its visitors…” This instream flow would further this important policy, as our businesses, community, and livelihoods are reliant on a healthy Coal Creek.

Thank you for supporting healthy rivers and streams in the Gunnison Basin.