After long regarding the South Platte as not much more than a sewer, is metro Denver ready to love its river?
Credit: Kevin Simpson, Colorado Sun
The man in the wide-brimmed hat waded into thigh-deep, slowly moving water and, with a whip of his fly rod, sent his cast into a deeper, swifter channel along the far bank where elusive trout were more likely to lurk.
The scene might have played out on any stretch of Coloradoís renowned fishing waters. But here, the gentle murmur of the South Platte River played harmony with the grind and whoosh of rush hour traffic on Interstate 25. And the low brush along the riverís edge gave way to the towering geometry of Denverís skyline.
The sounds and images arenít as incongruous as they once might have been. The narrative of the urban South Platte has meandered from its reputation as little more than an open sewer to the disastrous 1965 Denver flood, when four days of heavy rain triggered flows that swamped over a quarter-million acres, killed 21 people and caused more than a half-billion dollars in damage.
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