Yampa River again closes to recreation as flows fall
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Yampa River through downtown Steamboat Springs has again closed to recreation due to low water flows, according to a news release from the city of Steamboat.
“Based upon the current weather forecast and without additional water releases, river levels are expected to continue to trend downward in the coming days,” open space, trails, rodeo and Howelsen Hill supervisor Brad Setter was quoted as saying in a news release. “As closures return, we’re again asking for everyone’s help in protecting the community’s number one natural resource.”
A closure is called when water temperatures exceed 75 degrees for two consecutive days, when flows fall beneath 85 cubic feet per second or when the level of dissolved oxygen in the water falls beneath a certain threshold.
Flow: 75 cfs at noon Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the Fifth Street Bridge
Temperature: 60 degrees at noon Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the Fifth Street Bridge
See the latest Yampa River flows and temperatures here.
The closure is mandatory for commercial business, including tube rental companies and fishing guides, and voluntary for individuals, who are asked to avoid recreating on the river to protect fish and other aquatic life that become stressed and lethargic when water temperatures rise and levels of oxygen fall.
The Yampa River also was closed to recreation from July 9, when temperatures exceeded the threshold, through Aug. 17, when a water release from Stagecoach Reservoir helped boost flows.
View the full news release here.
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