State wants pool to pay for fish kill

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will seek compensation from the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool for the deaths of 84 game fish earlier this month.

The spill of water containing 10 percent bleach into the Colorado River was reported Nov. 2 to the state Department of Public Health and Environment. About the time the report was being made, wildlife officials were investigating the deaths of several fish discovered downstream from the pool near Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs.

Officials have concluded the spill and fish kill are connected, DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said.

The dead game fish were mostly rainbow trout, with some German brown trout and Rocky Mountain whitefish also affected. Some suckers also died. No endangered fish were affected, he said.

Officials determined the agency will pursue civil repayment for the fish, Hampton said. State law sets the value of a game fish at $35 each, meaning the agency will seek $2,940.

Hot Springs Pool officials have been cooperative, Hampton said.

The Division of Wildlife is most interested in getting game fish back in the water as soon as possible, but that might mean it will take until spring to replace the fish, Hampton said.

“The bottom line is that it’s winter,” Hampton said. “It’s not a good time to find or stock fish.”


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