Project benefits wildlife at Gypsum Ponds SWA

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, currently proceeding with phase two of a fishery and wetland rehabilitation project at Gypsum Ponds State Wildlife Area, recently asked for public patience in a news release as the work will temporarily limit public access to the popular fishing spot.

Agency officials are asking visitors to use caution and avoid construction areas until the project has been completed, according to the news release.

Phase one of the project concluded earlier this year and increased the height of the berm around the main pond, enhancing fish habitat by making the water deeper. The elevated berm will also help prevent water encroachment from the Eagle River, the release stated.

Phase two will continue through November of this year and includes making the east pond deeper to improve fish habitat. In addition, a small pond at the south end will be filled to create a wetland environment with a goal of increasing the diversity of forage for waterfowl, according to the release.

Also, water inlet infrastructure and related pipeline will be upgraded and improvements to the riverbank along the main road will ensure continued safe, public access to the SWA, the release stated.

Once completed, wildlife officials say the project will improve angling opportunities, enhance waterfowl hunting and create additional watchable wildlife opportunities.

For more information, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Glenwood Springs office at 970-947-2920.