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The Good News
2014 February
Pg 3 - The Sunshine Express
Arctic Species Now In Colorado
CSU Biologists Studying Food Web
to Enhance Dillon Reservoir Fishery
There¡¯s something new biting beneath the surface
of Dillon Reservoir. Normally found only in Arctic
waters, the Arctic char, a species of trout, is thriv-
ing in Summit County, and may hold the key to
turning Dillon Reservoir into an angler¡¯s paradise.
The Arctic char is the centerpiece to a multi-
pronged research initiative led by Brett Johnson,
a fisheries biology professor at Colorado State
University¡¯s Warner College of Natural Resources.
Johnson is developing bioenergetics models to im-
prove the aquatic ecosystem production of Dillon
Reservoir and enhance the lake as a fishing destina-
tion. Fishing had a $1.3 billion economic impact in
Colorado in 2012, so scientists and the community
are hopeful that the study will boost tourism rev-
enue as well as fish and fishery diversity.
As Denver¡¯s largest single water supply source,
Dillon Reservoir is held to strict nutrient standards,
which are counterproductive to growing large fish.
Furthermore, havoc was inflicted by a tiny trouble-
maker: shrimp. Mysis diluviana, the opossum
shrimp, was introduced into Dillon Reservoir in
1970 as a food source to fatten up trout and salmon
in the lake. But the nocturnal mini-crustaceans
eluded the trout¡¯s daytime feeding patterns and
began devouring all of the zooplankton ¨C leaving
salmon and trout hungry and small.
The CSU research project is focused on a compre-
hensive study of the lake¡¯s ecosystem with a goal of
restoring balance.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife began stocking
cold-water, shrimp-eating Arctic char as a way to
combat the Mysis population and boost the diver-
sity of fishing opportunities. Arctic char are prized
by fishermen around the world as a beautiful,
good-fighting sportfish that can grow to more than
20 pounds in the depths of cold freshwater lakes.
Dillon Reservoir is the only public fishery destina-
tion in the lower 48 states outside of Maine where
anglers can have a chance to land the challenging
Arctic char.
¡°In order to develop a sustainable and thriving
fishery, we have been taking a comprehensive look
at the dynamics of the lake¡¯s food web: What is liv-
ing there, who is eating what, how much are they
eating, and what is the potential,¡± said Johnson.
¡°By doing a deep investigation, we can come up
with a science-based formula for optimal reservoir
management that will make Dillon Reservoir an
exciting fishing destination.¡±
Johnson is a professor in CSU¡¯s Department of
Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, and
began working on Dillon Reservoir in 2010 with
teams of graduate and undergraduate students in
collaboration with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
He has multiple projects monitoring and evaluat-
ing Arctic char population and growth, the Mysis
population, and overall aquatic ecosystem health
and carrying capacity. Johnson¡¯s team is also con-
ducting surveys with fishermen to determine the
potential economic impact of the fisheries project to
the communities of Dillon, Frisco, and Silverthorne.
CSU fishery biology master¡¯s student Devin Olsen
has been conducting his thesis research on Dillon¡¯s
Arctic char population, and has been collecting and
analyzing health and dietary data for the past three
years. Olsen has spent months on the water in all
seasons to monitor the fish¡¯s caloric intake, age,
growth rate, and biometrics, and has analyzed his
findings to produce recommendations for future
management options.
¡°You don¡¯t just dump fish in the water and walk
away ¨C there is a lot of science that goes into un-
derstanding the ecology of the lake and the opti-
mal biological balance needed to have a thriving
fishery,¡± said Olsen, who is also a competitive fly
fisherman with Fly Fishing Team U.S.A. ¡°We are
already seeing that the Arctic char are reproducing
naturally and are growing well, so it is exciting to
see a strong and healthy future for the reservoir.¡±
The Dillon Reservoir research received private
funding from lifelong scientist Douglas Silver. Now Makes It Easier
to Get the Facts on Fracking
Just over four months ago, Coloradans for Re-
sponsible Energy Development (CRED) began its
public education effort with a simple and clear
message: get the facts on fracking first before
making a decision. In early January, CRED re-
Silver actively recreates in Summit County and
wanted to find a meaningful way to give back to
the community and benefit its natural environ-
ment. His interest turned to answering the ques-
tion of why there was not better fishing at Dillon
Reservoir, and so he reached out to Colorado
Parks and Wildlife and was connected to CSU as
a leading research university.
¡°I am an observational scientist, and I wanted
to give back to the place that I have enjoyed so
much,¡± said Silver. ¡°This research project gives
me purpose and is the best thing I have ever done
- a marvelous experience. Brett, Devin and their
team are superb scientists, and it is rewarding to
know that their work will have a positive impact
on many people¡¯s lives.¡±
Energy Assistance Funds
Hower Family Grants Top $1 Million
for Energy Outreach Colorado
Jan. 16, 2014: The Hower Family Fund of Colora-
do, a Centennial-based family foundation, raised
$336,000 for affordable home energy in Colorado
through a recent challenge grant to Energy Out-
reach Colorado, bringing the total collected over
six years to nearly $1.1 million.
The Hower Family pledged to match up to
$50,000 in new and increased gifts to Energy Out-
reach Colorado in October 2013 through the end
of the year, and 2,169 qualifying donors contrib-
uted $336,000 in three months.
This is the sixth challenge grant the Hower Fam-
ily Fund has extended to benefit Energy Out-
reach, a nonprofit that raises funds for energy
bill payment assistance and energy efficiency
programs for affordable housing and nonprofit
facilities across Colorado. In total, the Hower
Family¡¯s grants have raised nearly $1.1 million
for the organization.
¡°We greatly appreciate the Hower Family Fund¡¯s
ongoing support of affordable home energy
for Colorado¡¯s most financially vulnerable
residents,¡± said Skip Arnold, executive direc-
tor at Energy Outreach Colorado. ¡°The Hower
Family¡¯s generosity over the past several years
has helped hundreds of seniors, families with
children, and people living with special needs
remain warm and safe in their homes.¡±
Helping Coloradans afford home energy.
Energy Outreach Colorado is the only indepen-
dent, non-profit organization in the state raising
money to help limited-income Coloradans afford
home energy. Since it was established in 1989,
EOC has raised more than $192 million to fund
energy bill payment assistance and energy effi-
ciency improvements for affordable housing and
non-profit facilities. Energy Outreach Colorado
relies on private donations, corporate contribu-
tions and foundation grants. It has received top
ratings from Charity Navigator for 12 consecu-
tive years and is an accredited charity member
of the Better Business Bureau. Energy Outreach
Colorado,, can be
reached at 303.825.8750 or at 225 E. 16th Ave. Ste.
200, Denver, CO 80203-1612.
(source: Energy Outreach Colorado, www.Ener-
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leased a new website called
aimed at answering Coloradans¡¯ most important
questions about fracking.
allows users to type in questions they have about
fracking and provides factual answers drawn
from published academic, scientific and govern-
ment research.
¡°As we listened to what Coloradans wanted to
know most about fracking, we began compiling
straightforward answers to get to the heart of
their most pressing concerns,¡± said Jon Haubert,
Communications Director for CRED. ¡°It became
increasingly clear that false rumors had negative-
ly skewed Coloradans¡¯ impressions about frack-
ing and they wanted access to factual information
showing fracking has already been extensively
researched and regulated,¡± said Haubert.
¡°After six decades of safe and regulated use,
fracking is not a new topic to the energy industry,
or to regulators or legislators who continue to
recognize the economic and environmental ben-
efits of fracking. But the public has been mostly
left out of the conversation and citizens have
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them the opportunity to learn more about one of
Colorado¡¯s most important topics, one that won¡¯t
be going away anytime soon. And going forward,
as we hear from more Coloradans, StudyFrack- will be updated to include more facts
about fracking and CRED will make them as easy
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Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a
process used to unlock oil and natural gas more
than a mile beneath the earth¡¯s surface. Since
1947, this technology has been used more than
1.2 million times to safely enhance the production
potential of oil and natural gas, and 90% of all
wells in America are fracked at some point dur-
ing their lifespan.
A 2013 study from the University of Colorado at
Boulder Leeds School of Business, Assessment of
Oil and Gas Industry 2012: Industry Economic
and Fiscal Contributions in Colorado found that
last year alone the oil and natural gas industry
generated $29.6 billion for Colorado¡¯s economy.
Collectively, that¡¯s over 110,000 high paying jobs
and $1.6 billion in tax revenue for Colorado, mak-
ing oil and natural gas development a financial
cornerstone for state and local governments,
schools, parks, roads, special districts, and other
critical services Coloradans all enjoy.
Recognizing the growing amount of misinforma-
tion about fracking, members of the Colorado oil
and natural gas community formed Coloradans
for Responsible Energy Development (CRED)
to educate the public about this safe and envi-
ronmentally responsible energy development
practice, and how it supports the economy, job
creation and Colorado families. CRED is funded
by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Noble
Energy, two independent oil and natural gas
companies. Independent energy companies like
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capital back into the local communities in which
they live and operate. As leaders in the oil and
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ment to Colorado, they are among the most
technically qualified to explain the practice of
hydraulic fracturing in our state.
Learn more about Coloradans for Responsible
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New Website Answers Questions