Slowing the flow sprouts more trout

Mile High Water Talk

Water swap between Denver and Aurora helps trout thrive in popular fishing spot.

By Jay Adams

Rainbow trout in Eleven Mile Canyon are thriving thanks to a collaborative program with Denver Water and two partners — Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Aurora Water.

The partnership solved a tricky balancing act of bringing water to the metro area in a way that benefits fish in the canyon, a popular fly-fishing destination along the South Platte River in Park County.

“We started coordinating water system operations with Aurora between Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile reservoirs in 2011 and since then, the rainbow trout population has really taken off,” said Dave Bennett, water resource program manager.

Here’s how the partnership works:

Denver Water and Aurora Water partner to manage river flows between reservoirs to deliver water to customers and help rainbow trout. Denver Water and Aurora Water partner to manage river flows between reservoirs to deliver water to customers and help rainbow trout.

When Aurora needs water, their water department releases it…

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