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South Platte River Access/ Habitat Improvement Project

October 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


South Platte River Access/

Habitat Improvement Project

Contact CUSP to Sign Up

Wendie@cusp.ws or 719-748-0033

Workdays: October, 11th, 25th and 26th, 2019

Project Location: Deckers

Difficulty Rating: Difficult

Project Times: 9 am- 3 pm

Meeting Location: Behind Deckers Store, Hwy 67 and County Road 126 in Deckers

Map Link: Back Parking Lot

Number of Volunteers Anticipated: 5-8


Workday Description:

A comprehensive study of the Upper South Platte River completed by CUSP found extensive bank degradation caused by uncontrolled access from the bank to the river. This project will construct two aesthetically compatible stairs, along with erosion control and revegetation. The stairs create stable and functional structures that will not be impacted by heavy use, fluctuations in the river flows and not require maintenance.

This project will enhance fishery resources and existing recreation opportunities. Volunteers will be using a variety of hand tools to include, but not limited to, pick mattocks, rock bars, Mcleods, and rock slings.

 Important Notes:

CUSP will provide hard hats, materials and necessary tools to complete project work

A USFS outhouse will be available for participants at the trailhead

A safety review and work demonstration will proceed the project work

Weather, which could create hazardous conditions, may cause the project to be canceled or rescheduled; please be certain to provide an email address and phone number so we can contact you if the project changes.

 Requirements of Volunteers:

Prior to the project each volunteer must submit Liability Release Form and one  Volunteer Sign In for the group.

  Please Bring:

A daypack to carry water and lunch

At least two liters of water to carry with you, enough to last the day, we will have Igloos at the trailhead
Any applicable medicines (including epi-pens, insulin and inhalers)
Sunglasses or safety glasses
Long pants (jean or other sturdy material, no leggings) and long sleeved shirts are strongly recommended
Work gloves (we will have some if you do not)
Sturdy shoes with good tread, hiking boots recommended; closed toe, no sandals please
A sack lunch, to carry with you, we will not return to vehicles for lunch



What to Expect:

This project will occur in an exposed mountain environment. Please be aware and prepared for potential hazards, including but not limited to: driving on mountainous roads with loose gravel and flash flood potential; exposure to sun, wind, lightning and rapidly changing weather conditions; working with sharpened tools in areas with unstable terrain and footing; hiking at significant elevation. Medications may have adverse effects in sun, heat or altitude; please list medications and medical conditions on the CUSP release form so staff may be aware of potential concerns. Know your limitations and inform staff immediately if you become ill or injured. Be prepared to exit quickly in the event of an emergency or changing environmental conditions.  Please be prepared to hike up to a total of six miles at high elevation in varying weather conditions. Please drink plenty of water prior to and during the project to stay hydrated.


GPS systems and Internet map sites are often misleading in the mountains. Cell phone service will be inconsistent or unavailable.

Coalition for the Upper South Platte

Post Office Box 726

Lake George, Colorado 80827





October 11, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Coalition for the Upper South Platte
(719) 748-0033


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