Goose Creek Habitat Restoration Project
The City of Boulder is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve wetland, riparian, and prairie habitat approximately 4,000 feet of Goose Creek, from Foothills Parkway to Cottonwood Pond, as well as Cottonwood Pond itself. The project scope includes:
- converting Cottonwood Pond to a natural riparian habitat;
- creating a meandering Goose Creek;
- replacing non-native vegetation with native species; and
- creating in-stream habitat.
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As part of the Goose Creek Habitat Restoration Project, water in Cottonwood Pond will be drained and the pond will be filled with clean fill to restore the area to its natural riparian habitat. In preparation for the project, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has removed as many fish from Cottonwood Pond as possible. Despite three separate attempts to remove all fish from the pond, it is likely that some fish still remain.
The Goose Creek Restoration Project partners request the community's help in protecting Boulder Creek and its inhabitants. Please do not attempt to relocate any remaining fish from Cottonwood Pond to Boulder Creek or any other water body. Moving fish could disrupt the native fish community in the receiving water body and will introduce non-native plants and animals to the habitat. Relocating fish from Cottonwood Pond to Boulder Creek or any other water body is illegal.