The river doctor has taken the pulse of Bluff Lake
and the prognosis is good. Kathy Flanagan, a world-renowned expert
in wetlands and rivering systems, recently toured Bluff Lake and
delivered (June 15) a fireless chat; about her findings.
Bluff Lake is quite a unique wetland area,
said Flanagan, a consultant in eco-system restoration, during
a recent interview. You have quite a little jewel.
Top on Flanagan's list of good things at Bluff
Lake are the multiple generations (some old, some
new) of cottonwoods. Cottonwood populations indicate the area
has been flooded out from time to time, allowing Bluff Lake to
occasionally re-connect to nearby Sand Creek.
The cottonwoods are critical, she adds, to provide
habitat for wildlife, hold the soil along the banks, and offer
shade for plant seedlings. They're also a remnant population,
to a much larger deciduous forest and riparian habitat that was
found throughout Colorado.