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PROJECT BENEFITS WILDLIFE AT GYPSUM PONDS SWA
11/28/2012
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CPW press release
GYPSUM, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is currently proceeding with phase two of a fishery and wetland rehabilitation project at Gypsum Ponds State Wildlife Area, and is asking for the public’s patience as the work will temporarily limit public access to the popular fishing spot.

Agency officials advise visitors to use caution and avoid construction areas until the project has been completed.

Phase one of the project concluded earlier this summer. The work resulted in an increase in height of the berm around the main pond, enhancing fish habitat by making the water deeper. The elevated berm will also help prevent water encroachment from the Eagle River.

Phase two will continue through November of this year, and will include making the east pond deeper to improve fish habitat. In addition, a small pond at the south end will be filled to create a wetland environment with a goal of increasing the diversity of forage for waterfowl.

Water inlet infrastructure and related pipeline will be upgraded, and improvements to the riverbank along the main road will ensure continued safe, public access to the SWA.

Once completed, wildlife officials say the project will improve angling opportunities, enhance waterfowl hunting and create additional watchable wildlife opportunities.

For more information, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Glenwood Springs office at 970-947-2920.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado's wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to cpw.state.co.us