Dam Removal Makes River Safer

A notorious section of the Colorado River is undergoing work to make the area safer for rafters and tubers.

Today a worker from Ben Dowd excavating is removing a diversion dam for the Clifton Sanitation District at the request of the federal government's endangered fish program.

That dam has also forced people to use a narrow channel on the south side of the river that often has trees that fall into the river to catch the unwary. That's caused rescues twice this year, including a Fourth of July rescue of a man trapped in one of the trees that took hours to successfully complete.

Yesterday volunteers from the Clifton Fire Department removed two trees that sweep the south bank channel. Some of the rocks from the old dam will remain at the site for bank stabilization, while others will be used on the new 18–plus million dollar Clifton sewer plant construction starting in October.