Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Project

A greenback Cutthroat Trout swimming in Bear Creek

A Greenback Cutthroat Trout in Bear Creek in the fall of 2014. Photo credit: Josh Nehring, Senior Aquatic Biologist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife


Recent testing has revealed that the fish in Bear Creek (approximately 750 adults) are the sole remaining genetically pure population of greenback cutthroat trout. The population is currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will evaluate these findings and conduct a status review to determine if the population should be listed as endangered.

Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Environmental Assessment Documents

The alternative selected from the Environmental Assessment is disclosed in the Draft Decision document below. The full project analysis is found in the Environmental Assessment.

Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Draft Decision and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Environmental Assessemnt 

Project Update

The objection response period ended November 18th, 2015.  Objection response letters were sent to objectors on November 17th, 2015.  Objection letters and responses can be viewed at (near the bottom of the page).  Formal consultation is underway with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) on cultural resources and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for Threatened and Endangered species.  We are actively working to complete formal consultation with both agencies before issuing a final decision that incorporates any additional mitigations resulting from consultation.   

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