(Above: Stock photo of the creek. This is not from the Mayhem section but looks very similar in regards to terrain. I don't have time to run up and grab a shot before going to work...this will have to suffice.)
Trout Unlimited once again steps in to improve fishery habitat where no one else seems to care. Even in troubled economic times T.U. is being the CAN DO solution. Just imagine if PETA and other pretend-friend to animal groups made a fraction of the attempt.
Wildlife conservation starts with improving habitat and such projects are not easy no cheap. Where others reach out for legislation and taxpayer dollars…T.U. comes to the table with their own volunteers and donated funds.
Mayhem gulch is formed by a small seasonal drainage that empties into Clear Creek. The section just above this is little more than a chute offering very little in regards to healthy fish habitat. That being said I still find fish refuge here when all other stretches are crowded. Improvements will include forming roll over dams and holding pools that are more ideal for fish habitat particularly in low water periods.
Clear Creek has taken a lot of abuse starting with the gold rush days. Now the creek suffers sewage spills, tailing washouts from old mining areas and that occasional driver who misses the road and lands smack dab in the middle of the creek. This isn’t the first Clear Creek project from T.U. and it definitely won’t be the last.
PETA has tried to stop fishing in recent years but offers nothing for the fish in return. T.U. projects are always “Fish First”. Before supporting an animal or nature group ask “where is the money going?” If they tell you it is for commercials or shock and awe campaigns say, “No thanks…my donation is going to T.U.”
Link to source article from the Denver post: