Let us know how you feel about the current state of recreation on the Yampa River.

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  • dbrower 4 months ago
    Increased regulation and enforcement of use by tubers on the river through town is long overdue. During peak tuber season the river looks like an amusement park ride. It's hard to imagine that such intense human use of the river isn't harmful to the river and the riparian area. A fee or tax, or some combination of both should be put on tubes and tube use. The income from the fee/tax could be used for enforcement, education, monitoring river health, and improvements for river health. In addition, there needs to be a cap on the number of people tubing on the river at any one time. Certainly there don't need to be more businesses renting tubes, and a cap on the number of people tubing the river at any one time would very likely cut down on the money to be made by existing commercial tube renters, but isn't the health of the river the most important issue here? I support a continued prohibition of alcohol use on the river, particularly since it's been shown to result in more careless use of the river – trash, etc. Having seen many cheap, blown-out tubes discarded along the Core Trail, it's important that thickness of tubes be regulated. It goes without saying that if fees and more regulation are required then access is limited also so that these standards can be enforced. The Yampa River is a beautiful natural element that we are blessed to live with. It's important that our activities and desire to make a profit don't degrade and harm it.
  • John Spezia 4 months ago
    Tubing and water sports on the Yampa River.The Yampa River is the heart and soul of our town. Vail has a freeway running through it and we have the Yampa that we need to take care of and protect as the economy and development of our valley impacts the River.1-We need to think about the carrying capacity for tubers on the river that protects their experience and preserves the River.2-The number of tubers per day can be controlled by limiting the number of commercial tubers per day combined with an estimate of public tubers that cannot be controlled.3-A tubing fee per commercial tuber would be a good idea.4-A required or voluntary season river pass for the year or for short term visitors has potential. Read on.5-Someone has to pay for the parking, bathrooms, put in and take out areas, the cleanup of the river, maintenance, patrols, rescues, closing the river during low flows and augmenting the flow at times of low water.6-The pass would apply to all users...kayakers, paddle boarders, rafters, fishermen, surfers etc.7-Renting high quality tubes from commercial tubing companies.
  • SKC 5 months ago
    I think enforcing alcohol rules is a must! Most of the trash other than tubes themselves is often alcohol related. I think a minimum thickness is a great idea because I saw so many "walmart" cheap tubes on the side of the river. There is an element of lack of control as people could buy online but I think the pallets of super cheap ones at Walmart were a huge problem.How would you possibly enforce access? What if they accessed via private property? Also, it is an interstate waterway - can you restrict access? I think trash is a huge deal but without the manpower to staff access points all summer, it seems like a very difficult problem to solve - very interested in what other communities are doing.
  • jbrianberge 5 months ago
    The biggest issue I see with tubers is littering (inadvertent or otherwise). If there is a way to add a tax to the purchase of inexpensive "disposable" tubes and use it to pay for cleanup and education efforts I think it would be worthwhile. Commercial operators are usually very good about educating their customers and ensuring that the best practices are followed so I'm not opposed to making commercial operations more accessible. I'm sure it's tough for them to compete with the cost of the cheap tubes sold all over town, so a tax on those tubes may help push more tourists to commercial tubing as well.I don't support a limit on the number of tubers because I don't believe there is a good way to enforce it. Permit systems are never easy and require diligent enforcement to be any use, so I don't think it would be a good solution. I am fine with allowing alcohol on the river even though I'm sure it contributes substantially to the litter problem. I liked when the rangers were at the popular put ins checking to make sure that people had a secure way of carrying their cans and keeping glass out. The enforcement option is always available for the cases where a tuber is unruly.
  • MOB 5 months ago
    How have similar towns dealt with this issue, has a fee worked, how collected? Health of the river is the primary concern. Any money collected should be used to maintain river health and for trash removal. There should be a limit on tubers on high use times, it would be more enjoyable for everyone
  • O 5 months ago
    If the river tubing tax sale can improve river quality I think it should go forward with the S text them.
  • CB Steamboat 5 months ago
    Look to other towns and cities on how to restrict access, take fees to pay for manning the river and access points, making sure there is no trash, flip flops, etc. Limit number of users per day. Limit recreation tubing permits and number of users. The number of users is out of control and our river health and ecology should be top priority. Bring in river/water experts to help guide policy and planning for restrictions and rules.
  • victoriaohegyi 5 months ago
    A major issue with tubing on the Yampa River is trash and respect for the riparian environment. If tubing on the Yampa is taxed, that money should be put towards riparian restoration and community trash pick ups (although these already happen via local non-profits and businesses without taxation)
  • PH Steamboat 5 months ago
    Crowded tubing days on the river are the exception. Most days are not hectic floater days. People that fish have plenty of areas to fish where there are not tubers (or very many humans at all). Tubing introduces people to the river and leads to a growing culture of appreciation for the river and our natural resources.If tubers are littering, then there are community efforts for picking up trash that also end up picking up trash from other sources. Picking up trash is part of many community efforts and would need to be done whether or not tubers were on the river.Tubing is a good thing. Taxing it would be fine.