Colorado fish are catching the brunt of continuing drought, wildfire runoff
Credit: Kevin Simpson, Colorado Sun
In the midst of a drought-choked summer, Joe Lewandowski stood on the bank of the Animas River near Durango and watched the fish die.
Mountain runoff after a mid-July rain scraped the burn scar of the 416 fire, which raged for two months about 10 miles north of the city. That clouded the water with ash and sediment. The fish — which included a mix of brown and rainbow trout, bluehead and flannelmouth suckers — poked their heads above the surface of the opaque river. Some struggled toward the bank. They were searching for clear water so they could take in oxygen, virtually gasping for breath.
But with gills clogged by the residue of the runoff, they couldn’t survive.
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