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Elk River muddied by heavy rain in North Routt County

Muddy water flows through the Elk River Monday morning near Seedhouse Road.
Courtesy Marsha Sanford

CLARK — The Elk River is muddier than usual, likely due to heavy rainfall on U.S. Forest Service Land in North Routt County. Steamboat Pilot & Today readers reported red-brown water in the river near Seedhouse Road on Monday.

“Most likely this is due to the heavy rain events of the past 24 hours,” said Kris Middledorf, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The Clark area has received about 0.25 to 0.30 inches of rain since 7 a.m. Sunday, according to data from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

Middledorf said this rain could have washed additional sediment into the North Fork of the river, giving it a red-brown appearance. He said it is unknown if a landslide occurred, which would add even more silt to the water.

Parks and Wildlife is looking into the event and working to determine if the sediment resulted in any fish kill in the river, Middledorf said.

The southern stretch of the Elk River was reported to be clear Monday evening.


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