Coyote Gulch on Trail Ridge Road July 2013, Longs Peak in the background.

Coyote Gulch on Trail Ridge Road July 2013, Longs Peak in the background.

Coyote Gulch is written by John Orr. Thanks for coming by. Please feel free to post links and corrections in the comments.

Older Coyote Gulch posts — through February 12, 2009 — are at http://radio-weblogs.com/0101170/.

The photo of a pack of coyotes is from http://pixgood.com.

The former header graphic of a stunning photo silhouette of a coyote howling at sunrise comes from Michael Francis Photography.

You can contact John directly at jworr [AT] operamail [DOT] com.

48 Responses to About

  1. Paul Lander says:

    Upcoming conference (April 2-3 in Denver) on water conservation work in Colorado. Check our website for more details.

  2. Jim Carder says:

    How can I monitor flows at Windy Gap?

  3. Steve Wainstead says:

    Hey! Just found your blog via examiner.com. I’m excited to find another blog on water issues, a pet interest of mine. The blog looks great! Thanks for your efforts. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.


  4. An update on our blog for the Boulder Creek Rogers Park projoect.

  5. Another report with more depth. Please feel free to view our blog for other conservation updates for South Boulder Creek and other parts of the Boulder watershed. We will be posting soon announcements of new projects on South Boulder Creek totaling more than $400k in restoration funding.

  6. Todd says:

    I’m just curious. Have you heard anything about spillway improvements for Beaver Park Dam in Rio Grande County, northeast of South Fork?

  7. Alyson says:

    Do you offer RSS feeds? I use Google Reader and would like to subscribe to Coyote Gulch there if possible (instead of visiting the site daily).

    Thanks, in advance,

  8. Just wanted to let you know that the Water 101 class in Telluride was in San Miguel — not San Juan — County. Thanks. It was very well attended.

  9. Just wanted to thank you for posting water news throughout the State. We are facing water issues in Northeastern Colorado and hope to find a solution soon. I check your site daily, thanks for keeping us up-to-date.

  10. john, i would like to get some info on who might want to help reopen the fishing bridge below dillon dam. thanks for your help. t

    • coyotegulch says:


      That would be good for the community. Have you contacted Silverthorne or Dillon or Summit County? They should be able to steer you in the right direction. I’d also try the local Trout Unlimited chapter:

      Gore Range Chapter

      President: Andy Gentry

      Meetings: Contact President

      Contact Info:

      Andy Gentry
      P.O. Box 513
      Frisco, CO 80443
      phone: (970) 262-7573
      e-mail: andygentry@earthlink.net

  11. Judy Green says:


    I am on a committee in Coal Creek Canyon responding to the Environmental Impact Statement by the Army Corps of Engs. re Denver Water’s plan to expand Gross dam and reservoir, diverting even more water from the Western Slope – having failed to demonstrate need. “Build a bigger dam” is a destructive antiquated solution. Are you aware of any other groups on the east side of the divide doing the same? I understand that the deadline for response was just changed to March 17.

    Many thanks.


    • coyotegulch says:


      There are several groups working on the responses to the project. You could try Colorado Trout Unlimited in Boulder or maybe look through the comments on the Corps of Engineers website. Also try the Colorado Environmental Coalition and Western Resource Advocates. A compromise seems to be coming down around guaranteed streamflows in dry times.

      Good luck.

      John Orr

  12. Kennen Cohen says:

    John thanks for the great information

  13. Mike Turner says:

    Appreciate your postings of water reports, is it possible to find water flow records on the Conejos River prior to 1948 ?

  14. A pedestrian AOL article I found about depletion of the Ogallala:


  15. martin moses says:

    I am a new Wildlife Biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Durango. If you are not familiar with the NRCS here is a link to our Colorado homepage http://www.co.nrcs.usda.gov/ .

    We are a Federal organization that aims to assist (via technical assistance and financial cost share) voluntary landowners with conservation through management and technology improvements. Our office is staffed with agronomists, soil scientists, engineers, and me, a wildlife biologist.

    While much of our (NRCS) history has focused on traditional agriculture production, I am here promoting more wildlife species and habitat conservation (especially riparian habitats) and there are a number of Programs available to assist landowners with implementing projects (e.g., Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) http://www.co.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/whip.htm ).

    I am new to my position and to Durango (just 5 months). I am actively seeking folks interested in wildlife and habitat conservation, along with promoting the NRCS, feel free to send this along to anyone you might think is interested.

    Thanks for your time and good luck with your endeavors.


    Martin Moses – Private Lands Wildlife Biologist
    NRCS Durango Field Office
    31 Suttle Street
    Durango, CO 81301

    Office: (970) 259-3289 x 113
    Email: martin.moses@co.usda.gov

    A joint program of the NRCS, CDOW, & RMBO

  16. Kelly Haun says:

    Hi John, I am researching any further developement of the proposed Flaming Gorge Pipeline, have you any recent news if the water has been appropriated from the oxbow on the Green? Is there anyone I can contact for more information?
    Thanks for your time, Kelly

  17. Maureen Rodwin says:

    Do you have any additional information regarding the Penley reservoir – such as where the water is coming from and where is it going to. There has been no information about a pipeline.
    Thanks, Maureen

  18. David Hanscom says:

    Will they continue to raise the flow coming out of Dillon over the next couple of weeks?


    • Coyote Gulch says:


      I think they visit that decision each day but they might if this warm weather kicks up streamflows. They have to look at the potential for flooding during the runoff so they need enough room to store water. They want to fill during the runoff as well so they don’t want to draw it down too far. It can be a balancing act.

      John Orr

  19. jt says:

    denver water agreement.

    the document is a draft, does not contain all final verbiage, and is missing the exhibits.

    when will we see the whole complete stipulation?

  20. Kea Giles says:

    Does your blog have an RSS feed? I’d like to add it to my Google Reader list.

  21. Kara Sobieski says:

    You are invited to attend the CWC POND (Professional, Outreach, Networking and Development) Committee’s Inaugural Networking Event:

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
    Hyatt Regency – Denver Tech Center
    Room: Grand Mesa F

    The POND networking event will be a structured happy hour with “table topic” discussions in small groups. The topics will provide an opportunity for new comers and veterans in the water community to share their experiences.

    Please see the CWC website (www.cowatercongress.org) for more information. Thanks for your interest!

  22. David Silverman says:

    Hi all.

    I am a environmental engineering graduate student at the School of Mines currently working on a project regarding the role of the hyporheic zone in the treatment of wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent discharged into urban streams.

    I figured since you all are tuned into water issues in Colorado this would be a good place to start my research.

    What I’m looking for are examples of urban streams which at some point during the year have a substantial percent of their flow derived from WWTP effluent.

    Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.


    David Silverman

    • Coyote Gulch says:


      Clear Creek downstream of Golden/Coors, Ralston Creek downstream of Arvada’s plant, the South Platte River downstream of the Bi-cities plant and Metro’s Bob Hite Treatment Plant, Boulder Creek downstream of the Boulder Plant, Cherry Creek downstream of Parker.

      That ought to keep you busy.

      I work for the City of Thornton and may be able to get you an interview with our lab folks. Let me know if that’s something you might be interested in.

      Also, get in touch with the Barr-Milton Watershed group, they deal with this problem all the time. At one point in history Barr Lake was sort of a sewage lagoon for the City of Denver by virtue of the location of the Burlington Canal headgate and Denver’s Northside Treatment Plant (now out of service).

      John Orr

  23. John Rybon says:

    What is the status of Chambers Reservoir, and have they figured out where to get the water?

  24. Ana Ruiz says:

    In case you find this interesting…
    “Northern Water to push ‘graywater’ bill” http://www.ncbr.com/article/20130121/NEWS/130109922?pagenumber=1

  25. Kara says:

    John – Any way we can post some information about the upcoming South Platte Forum on October 23 and 24, and the Colorado Flood Fundraiser and Silent Auction POND Event/Reception on Wednesday night?
    POND Event:
    South Platte Forum Website:

  26. Do you recommend any sites for a water engineering graduate to follow for possible employment in Colorado? My younger brother recently graduated from Florida State University and is having trouble finding work. Thanks!

  27. Corey Melker says:

    I’m writing because I want to share with you a project that I am currently working on to raise awareness of the water crisis facing the Western United States…something that I’m sure you are all too familiar with. I aim to give voice to the mountains and protect their watersheds from abuse and overuse. It’s a lofty goal I know, but without water, we have nothing.

    I currently have an Indiegogo campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/walking-for-water-on-the-great-western-loop/x/3622006

    If you could take a moment, check it out, and perhaps even help me spread the word, I would be so truly appreciative. Thank you!

    -Corey J. Melker

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