It was a long and interesting day. The town of Glenwood Springs has so many opportunities to do things. I focused on getting information on the river today and have met with quite a few people, who told me about their view on the river and in which way they feel connected to it. I have taken loads of notes for my book, but since I am very tired, I will keep it short in here.
I met with Jim Pokrandt from the Colorado Water District and he explained a the current situation of the water policies to me. Here’s an interesting video about the work of the Colorado Water District. It seems there is a fascinating process going on, in which the irrigators can voluntarily pass the water they don’t need on to those who do. It became very clear to me again, how much this whole river shows one of todays most important tasks: that the people get together, find common sense solutions and ways to implement them.
Then I visited Bill Kight, at Glenwood Springs Historical Society. He was one of those people whom I am sure I could spend a lot of time around. He also had this radiance of joy around him, that made me calm and happy. Bill told me about the mining history of the region, some very fascinating engineering that was done here way back then. Now, there are no more active mines right along the river here. I also learned, how the flow of the river has been altered to accommodate the local and still working Hot Springs Resort. Ted Roosevelt, a big lover of the outdoors, apparently spent quite a lot of time here in Glenwood Springs.
Then I met Fred Simonton, a local fly-fisher and guide for the Roaring Fork Anglers. He passionately told me about how the river has changed since he first started fly-fishing at the age of 12.
I am sorry, but I am too tired to go into detail today. I have no more energy left, but to soak in the Hot Springs again…