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RWEACT team identifies Squaw Creek as high priority

Posted: Thursday, Sep 19th, 2013

CREEDE – After a recent visit to sites around the burn area, Natural Resource Team members including Heather Dutton, director of Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project and other Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Management Team (RWEACT) members agreed unanimously that Little Squaw Resort has the greatest risk for post fire impacts.

“We have two stream gauges ordered to put on Little Squaw Creek,” said Tom Spezze, director of RWEACT. “We will put one at the lower end of the stream and another at the upper end of the basin so we can monitor the differential between them.”

Showing an image of the mouth of Little Squaw Creek, Spezze said they walked through the area looking up toward the canyon burn area and the thought was “Oh my God we couldn’t get out of here fast enough” in case of a flash flood.

Spezze said they are also considering an audible alarm system for the area and that hiring someone to clear the area of trees by the end of September is a priority. The debris flow survey by the USGS for the area is almost complete and Spezze said the debris flow over the next two years “could be phenomenal.”

Other sites visited by the team were River Hill, Crooked Creek Estates and Summer Homes at Box Canyon, 4UR Ranch and Humphreys. All these areas were deemed “high risk,” but conditions there have not yet resulted in any risk to life or natural resources since the fire.

For the complete article see the 09-19-2013 issue.

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