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- Kelli Narde Director of Communications, 303-734-8400
- Commander Trent Cooper Police PIO, 303-795-3848
South Platte River Closed to Water Activities July 14
The stretch of the South Platte River within the City of Littleton (C-470 to Belleview) will be closed to all activities that involve entering the water this Saturday, July 14 at 12 a.m. through Sunday, July 15 at 6 a.m. Littleton City Manager Mark Relph issued the order to close the river, citing potential environmental and other damage.
The South Platte River is seeing unusually low water levels this summer because of lack of snow runoff. At normal levels, it’s safe to float in water measured between 100 and 500 cubic feet per second. Currently, the river is flowing at 20 cubic feet per second. Low levels result in damaged inflatable devices, injuries and destruction to the river bottom.
“Safety concerns led to the closure due to a high volume of anticipated floatation-device users in the river this weekend,” said Relph. “A large number of users in the river would cause potential damage, including trash, disturbance to wildlife habitat, water quality issues, and negative impacts on downstream users.”
For more information about the closure, contact the Littleton Communications Director Kelli Narde at 303-795-3733. For further information about South Platte River conditions, contact South Platte Park Manager Skot Latona at 303-730-1022, extension 61011.