I always like start off with a snowpack check in February and as I write this the Rio Grande Basin is at around 108%. That’s a good sign but as with most winters here, March and April really tell the tale of how the runoff will go. Normally those are two of the snowiest months of the year and let’s all hope that is true for 2020.

Many thanks to Dan Gibson-Reinemer, fish biologist and assistant professor of biology at Adams State University for his excellent program at this January’s meeting. It’s great to have some reasons for hope these days and Dan gave us several!

The chapter board members continue to move forward with plans for our Fundraiser Auction on Saturday May 2nd. The auction will again be at Plachy Hall on the Adams State University campus so please put this event on your calendar. This is our only fundraiser event of the year and we depend on your support to make it a success! If you have items to donate or are willing to solicit donations for our auction please contact myself or any of the board members whose phone number are on the front of this newsletter. Every donation counts no matter the size.

Also, don’t forget to add the volunteer work days listed in the Calendar of Events section in the newsletter. We continue to move forward on our Conejos River Meadows Project and presently the design work is in the final stages. We are also moving forward with our support for the Rio Grande Cutthroat reintroduction project in Sand Creek located in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. We will keep you updated on these exciting projects as they progress.

Remember we now have some very cool chapter ball caps for sale at the monthly meetings so show up and buy one for yourself and buy several for all your friends. It’s a great way to help out the chapter and get something you can really use!

Thank you for supporting SLV Trout Unlimited!

Mark S.