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Fishing Is Fun grants to improve angling, boating opportunities for Moffat, Rio Blanco counties

Craig Press Staff Report

Fishing Is Fun grants from Colorado Parks and Wildlife will benefit angling opportunities in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has awarded $400,000 to eight Fishing Is Fun projects, all geared to improve angling opportunities in the state of Colorado, according to a CPW news release. The approved projects include improved angler access, habitat improvement, new piers and new ponds.

Among the projects in Northwest Colorado impacted by the funding is Moffat County’s Loudy-Simpson Park as the recipient of $116,850 — the largest sum of the eight projects state-wide — for access trails, boat ramp and pond improvement.

"Colorado has world-class fisheries and angling opportunities, and maintaining and increasing access to those resources is so important," said Bob Broscheid, director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "Fishing Is Fun is a powerful program to improve angling access for residents and visitors alike, leveraging angler dollars to assist in providing additional opportunities."

East Rio Blanco Parks and Recreation in Meeker will likewise receive $100,000 for a new fishing pond in Circle Park, while the Meeker Chamber of Commerce was granted $32,700 to go toward signage, kiosks and maps for White River public access.

According to the release, a 2013 economic study found that angling contributes more than $1.9 billion annually to the Colorado economy through direct and secondary expenditures, and supports over 16,000 jobs statewide.

Since 1987, the Fishing Is Fun program has supported more than 300 angling improvement projects of various sizes across the state, from the Eastern Plains and the Western Slope to the major metropolitan areas along the Front Range. Fishing Is Fun funding comes from the Federal Sport Fish Restoration Program. Matching funds are required, and the eight projects approved in 2018 included more than $488,000 in local support.

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Additional Fishing is Fun program details and requirements can be found at http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/FishingIsFunProgram.aspx.