An online survey is asking boaters who floated the Lower Dolores River over the summer to share feedback and data to help plan future releases on the river.
Nathan Fey with American Whitewater says his organization created the survey to analyze the economic and ecological impact of boaters on the river and surrounding communities. It asks boaters about their trip logistics, including where they paddled, how long they they stayed on the river, and how they responded to the speed and duration of river flows. It also asks where and how much money they spent while in the region to determine economic impacts of recreation.
Fey says the survey data will help a team of recreationists and ecologists better plan and monitor the river for future releases. The survey is available on American Whitewater’s website, and the deadline is at the end of August.