Yampa River management subject of Wednesday meeting
Steamboat Springs — As the tubing season on the Yampa River begins to trickle off, the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission will meet to discuss ways the river could be better managed in the future.
Community members with ideas for how to curb the impact of river recreation, such as littering, are invited to talk to the commissioners Wednesday night.
Steamboat Springs City Council members have called on commissioners to come up with management solutions in the wake of another busy summer on the Yampa that produced lots of trash, open alcohol consumption and other reported conflicts among river users.
Some council members said last month the river was “being loved to death.”
The city plans to include an inaugural park ranger program in the 2016 budget that would provide for a ranger to patrol the Yampa and promote proper usage during the summer.
But some commissioners have suggested more steps are needed.
At another recent meeting to discuss the Yampa, commissioner Doug Tumminello expressed concern that the impact from river recreation would become so great, Colorado Parks and Wildlife would intervene.
Community members, council members and members of the public have floated several ideas to improve stewardship of the Yampa.
The ideas have ranged from a fee on private tubers, relaxing rules on commercial outfitters to make that option more appealing and paid parking at river put-ins.
Have an idea?
Leave a comment below or tell the commissioners Wednesday night.
The discussion on the Yampa will begin some time after 5:30 p.m. in Citizens Hall.
Other items the commissioners will tackle include a discussion about the possible relocation of the Igloo, a facility that has long hosted children’s activities.
City staff has identified the current skate park site at Howelsen as the most feasible site for a new Igloo.
The skate park would be moved elsewhere within Howelsen Park.
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