Denver Plots Revitalization Of South Platte River

Denver's dreams of a South Platte River with plenty of water and healthy fish advanced last week as utility officials and state biologists unveiled details of a project to revitalize a 40-mile urban stretch.

Denver Water and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said they've obtained 2,100 acre-feet of water that they will use strictly for environmental purposes. They plan to release the water at Chatfield Reservoir.

The goal, according to The Denver Post, is to restore the river to a condition in which trout can reproduce.

For more than two decades, Denver conservationists have worked at reviving the Platte corridor, building cycling-oriented pathways and riverside parks.

Just beyond Denver, farmers await every drop of the treated wastewater metro users put back in the Platte.