On Wednesday, July 14, a hardy group of about 20 local folks gathered to clean up a quarter mile stretch of Fountain Creek behind Angler’s Covey.

Commitment to Conservation

The cleanup is part of a larger commitment that David and Becky Leinweber have, personally, to the conservation of the natural resources in the Pikes Peak region. The effort also reflects the principles that have been at the core of Angler’s Covey since its conception. David says, “Angler’s Covey is taking a direct caretaking responsibility for this quarter mile of creek.”

A Learning Environment

The Shop is in Year Two of a five-year lease agreement with the City for access to Fountain Creek. Over the next few years, David sees the Creek as providing an educational environment and resource for local high schools, for Colorado College’s Environmental Science classes, and in partnership with the Catamount Institute. In addition, the Pikes Peak Chapter of Trout Unlimited is involved to study the feasibility of creating effective stream structures for safe and healthy fish to thrive in urban settings. Because Fountain Creek is located in a stormwater corridor, it offers a terrific “outdoor classroom.” Its location is advantageous for local schools and organizations to have access without distractions from highly used and trafficked areas in other parts of the Highway 24 and I-25 corridors.

Future Vision

For the more distant vision? David hopes to be able to provide some basic restoration and rejuvenation to the Creek to create a safe spot for fish. “It would be great to someday provide fly fishing instruction there. Right now, though, we want to clean it up for both conservation and educational purposes.”

Check out the photos from the cleanup below: