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Could Colorado Soon Have a Second Wild and Scenic River?

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2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. While Colorado is home to only one wild and scenic designated river, a second river could soon be added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. KGNU's Hannah Leigh Myers visited the remote Deep Creek and spoke with stakeholders to find out what makes Deep Creek a good fit for wild and scenic protection, and why it has been 30 years since Colorado has designated a wild and scenic river. 

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From top to bottom, Deep Creek drops 4,500 feet, displaying nearly the full range of Colorado's ecosystems. Credit: Hannah Leigh Myers
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In places along Deep Creek, the limestone cliffs are over 1,000 feet high exposing the area's unique geology. Credit: Hannah Leigh Myers
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Environmental groups, water experts, and researchers have all described Deep Creek as one of the wildest and undisturbed river systems in the West. Credit: Hannah Leigh Myers
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For well over two decades, Deep Creek has been studied and analyzed by federal, state and environmental groups as a candidate for designation into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. 
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Every 15-20 years the BLM updates the region's resource management plan, which includes a list of areas deemed suitable for wild and scenic designation.

 

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