A final review of the Gore Creek Strategic Action plan has been scheduled with the Vail Planning and Environmental Commission on Monday, Jan. 11. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers. The Restore the Gore action item is listed third on the meeting agenda with opportunities for public comment. After five previous review sessions with the PEC resulting in numerous refinements, the staff is requesting a recommendation of approval from the PEC to be forwarded to the Town Council for review and adoption.
As part of Monday’s review, representatives from the Colorado Department of Transportation will provide a presentation on I-70 road maintenance as well as CDOT’s water quality protection efforts. Also, David Rees, aquatic biologist with Timberline Aquatics, Inc. will present a scientific perspective on the effects of these activities on macroinvertebrate (insect) communities and declining trends in ecosystem health in Gore Creek and the Eagle River. Declining insect levels are the proverbial canary in the coal mine of river health, as they serve as indicators of healthy ecosystems. If the environment does not support healthy insect levels, the fish and wildlife that depend on it are also threatened, as is Gore Creek's Gold Medal status.
As part of the effort to remove Vail’s waterways from an impaired stream status as classified in 2012 by state and federal regulators, the town has worked with Lotic Hydrological, LLC, Land Planning Collaborative, Alpine Engineering and local partners to complete the Restore the Gore Plan. The plan identifies over 220 actions to be implemented over the next five years totaling over $7 million that include: new regulations, best management practices, on-the-ground projects including riparian area restoration and stormwater infrastructure (water quality vaults), education and outreach, and ongoing monitoring.
For questions, contact Kristen Bertuglia, environmental sustainability manager, 970-477-3455, email@example.com or review the plan here.