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August 14, 2013
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'Riverstock' raises awareness about Fraser River health

FRASER — Riverstock is around the bend. The homegrown music event attracts Fraser Valley residents and Front Range visitors this Saturday to enjoy a lineup of great bands, good brews and information about how to protect Grand County’s most precious asset — its rivers.

“It’s a fun way to celebrate our rivers as well as raise awareness about the threats they face,” said Kirk Klancke, event organizer and head of Trout Unlimited’s Colorado River Headwaters Chapter.

The Fraser River, a key tributary of the Upper Colorado, is the lifeblood of the Fraser Valley, supporting angling, wildlife, outdoor recreation and local communities. But decades of water diversions have left the river depleted and degraded.

Already, some 60 percent of the river is diverted to the Front Range for municipal uses. With two new diversion proposals on the table—Northern Water Conservancy District’s Windy Gap project and Denver Water’s Moffat expansion — the Upper Colorado river system is threatened.

“Unless these projects include adequate protections for our rivers, we could lose our outdoor quality of life and the reason many of us live here in the first place,” said Klancke. “Riverstock sends a message to the big utilities that local people care about our rivers and streams.”

Riverstock includes a 12-band lineup of BlueCat, Claddagh, Hippie Sideshow Hootenanny, Ms. Jessica “Love” Jones, Kay Irvine and Gary Key. The public is invited to come by for part or all of the day to support Trout Unlimited’s efforts to fight for the health of the Fraser and Upper Colorado rivers.

Between band sets, speakers will update concert-goers on the two proposed water diversions and explain what they can do to help protect the river.

Also featured will be short videos about the river and its importance to local residents. Free bumper stickers, posters, and other educational materials will be available. Fraser the Trout, Colorado Trout Unlimited’s mascot, will be making a guest appearance to help rally the crowd.

All proceeds will help benefit TU’s campaign to protect and restore the Fraser River.

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The Sky-Hi News Updated Aug 16, 2013 03:27PM Published Aug 15, 2013 03:33PM Copyright 2013 The Sky-Hi News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.