Rudy- will this fit the bill? I will be in SLC all week - back Friday evening- Bill The Logan River is one of only a few Class II (good) trout streams in Utah. Such streams are good trout producers, where fish grow fast and large, and where access to anglers is good. Man's activites in past years have already had a negative impact on the Logan Channel straightening and elimination of streambank vegetaion have decreased the number of trout in some locations by as much as 50 to 90 %. Trout require a variety of conditions if a stream is to be classed as "good". Resting and hiding areas much have slow a quiet water with cover so fish can rest and be shilded from potential enemies. Feeding areas are not far from escape cover, in regions of moderate current. Spawning habitat requires a medium sized gravel bottom in an area of moderate current where the bottom is stable and there is little of no silt. Straightening the Logan River result in current velocities too fast for trout. Place road fill onto the stream bank, or removing streamside vegetation eliminates resting and hiding cover. Riparian vegetation, streamside trees, shrubs, and grass provide a food source for stream insects, terrestrial insects for the trout. Tall streamside vegetation also shades the river, keeping the water cool enough for trout in the summer, and slowing heat loss in the winter. Riparian or streamside vegetation is valuable for a number of other reasons. This zone slows overland runoff, trapping silt and keeping it out of the river. It also screens anglers from the highway, helping to provide a wilder, more natural outdoor experience where the sight and sound of passing wehicles is muted or eliminated. It is habitat for those birds and animals that inhabit streamside areas. Such vegetation anchors streambanks, minimizing bank erosion and stream bed shifting. A "little" change in the river in one place is added to previous other "little" changes elsewhere, and these changes add up to a lot of change before long. Can we afford, or do we want change that invariable decrease the value of the river as a trout producer and for recreation? Changing the stream by altering the channel or removing vegetation near the stream will produce such changes.
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