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Colorado River Basin Watershed Groups
Blue River Watershed Group
The Blue River Watershed Group is a non-profit organization that serves residents and visitors in Summit County, Colorado. The BRWG works to promote, protect and restore the health of the Blue River watershed through cooperative community education, stewardship and resource management. The BRWG is currently working with stakeholders on restoration projects on the Upper Swan River, Ten Mile Creek and Peru Creek. Volunteer opportunities are available for projects and events throughout the year.
Steve Swanson, P.O. Box 1626 Frisco, CO 80443, PH: 970-485-5581
Eagle River Watershed Council
The Eagle River Watershed Council advocates for the health and conservation of the Upper Colorado and Eagle River basins through research, education, and projects. We provide a forum where everyone can gain a greater understanding of the Eagle River environment. Said another way, our mission is "Preserving our quality of life by protecting the Eagle and Colorado Rivers in Eagle County."
Holly Loff, P.O. Box 7688, Avon, CO 81620, PH: 970-827-5406
Friends of the Fraser
The Friends of the Fraser River works to restore in-stream flows, where a minimum of 65% of the water is diverted for storage and use by Front Range cities. In the near future, we will be focusing on public education and outreach concerning the Moffat firming project and the Windy Gap firming project. Both of these projects are proposing to divert 20% more of the Fraser River and the Upper Colorado River from the West Slope.
Kirk Klancke, c/o Winter Park Ranch Water Sanitation District, P.O. Box 1390 Fraser, CO 80442, PH: 970-726-8691
Friends of the Lower Blue River
Friends of the Lower Blue River is a volunteer group of Summit County Residents, property owners and other interested parties who share a concern for maintaining the rural character, quality of life and the environment of the Lower Blue River Valley. The group functions as a constructive forum on issues important to the Valley through education, communication and member participation. Current FOLBR projects include: fire protection, water quality & quantity, and protecting open space.
Marty Richardson, P.O. Box 2191, Silverthorn, CO 80498, PH: 970-281-2043
Friends of Wolf Creek/ Rocky Mountain Wild
Wolf Creek Pass in southwestern Colorado forms the pristine headwaters of the Rio Grande and San Juan Rivers. The untouched beauty of Wolf Creek Pass has made it a tempting target for real estate developers. Rocky Mountain Wild's Friends of Wolf Creek campaign has succeeded in keeping the pass wild by mobilizing local citizens, business owners, hunters and anglers, backcountry recreationists, and wildlife experts to protect this ecological treasure.
firstname.lastname@example.org, 1536 Wynkoop St., Ste 303, Denver, CO 80202, PH: 303-546-0214
Gore Creek Restoration Committee
Formed in 2009, members of the GCRC, represented by local fly fishermen, members of Trout Unlimited and the Eagle River Watershed Council, Fly-Fishing Outfitters, Town of Vail citizens and staff. The group has completed several stream bank restoration projects since 2010. The current focus of the committee is Gore Creek's 2012 303(d) listing (Provisionally impaired for aquatic life). Work is underway on a Water Quality Improvement Plan, which includes plans for further studies, BMPs, and a public education program.
Kristin Bertuglia, 75 S. Frontage Rd., Vail, CO 81657, PH: 970-477-3455
Grand County Water Information Network
The Grand County Water Information Network (GCWIN) is a county-wide effort to coordinate water quality monitoring, informational, and educational programs in Grand County. The 501(c)(3) Non-profit Network works collaboratively with 47 entities to coordinate and manage water quality monitoring efforts for a better understanding of water quality concerns and issues in Grand County. The GCWIN Monitoring Manual, GIS Monitoring Site Maps, and the Water Quality Database are a few of the tools that can be found on our website.
Ryan Lokteff, P.O. Box 1503, Grand Lake, CO 80447, PH: 970-627-8162
Middle Colorado Watershed Council
The Middle Colorado Watershed Council represents a strong collective voice to protect and enhance the health of the Middle Colorado River watershed. The MCWC agreed to work together to identify short and long-term opportunities for collaboration, including all stakeholders in the community. The MCWC is workingto complete a 319 funded watershed assessment of the Middle Colorado to understand water quality issues and solutions.
Laurie Rink, P.O. Box 1136, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602, PH: 303-204-4164
Our Future Summit
Our Future Summit is a non-partisan organization formed by the citizens of Summit County, Colorado to identify concrete ways to improve life in the County by providing a voice for a wide range of ordinary citizens whose opinions way not otherwise be heard.
Howard Hallman, P.O. Box 209, Frisco, CO 80443, PH: 970-468-9134
Roaring Fork Conservancy
Roaring Fork Conservancy is the watershed conservation organization for the Roaring Fork Watersehd that brings people together to protect our rivers. We focus on water quantity, water quality and riparian habitat protection. 2012 projects include: completing the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan, initiating citizen river temperature monitoring program (hot spots for trout), macro-invertebrate study, planning Coal Basin restoration (technical workshop held May of 2012), drought awareness campaign (stream flow reports via email and local radio, drought alert in local papers), and a water conservation campaign. The future River Center won a prestigious Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado West chapter. Project architect Harry Teague accepted the Merit Award in the Unbuilt category on behalf of the organization in late August 2012.
Rick Lofaro, P.O. Box 3349, Basalt, CO 81621, PH: 970-927-1290
Snake River Watershed Task Force
The Snake River Basin Task Force is a voluntary collaborative effort initiated by those concerned about water quality of the Snake River to gather more information regarding sources of water quality problems and identify opportunities to improve water quality in the watershed.
Julie Shapiro, 1627(8) St. John Rd., Keystone, CO 80435, PH: 970-513-5830
The Greenlands Reserve
Our group is working on multiple forest and watershed projects. We have created a volunteer monitoring project in partnership with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District to evaluate regeneration in the Straight Creek drainage. We have a timber removal project in Breckenridge. We continue to educate on forest and watershed issues through monthly meetings bringing diverse stakeholders together. We completed a Blue River Source Water Protection Plan with the assistance of the CDPHE and multiple stakeholders.
Howard Hallman, P.O. Box 209, Frisco, CO 80443, PH: 970-491-1807
Three Lakes Watershed Association
Landowners surrounding Grand Lake, Lake Granby, and Shadow Mountain Reservoir established the Three Lakes Watershed Association to monitor water quality in the lakes affected by the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. The Association works in conjunction with public and private stakeholders to monitor lake health, including algae and plant growth, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen content.
Canton O'Donnell, P.O. Box 1718, Grand Lake, CO 80447, PH: 303-627-9858
Water Center at Colorado Mesa University
The Water Center at CMU promotes education, research and dialogue to address the water issues facing the Upper Colorado River Basin. Projects include organizing seminars, tours, an e-newsletter, newspaper columns, and an annual Upper Colorado River Basin water conference.
Hannah Holm, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501, PH: 970-248-1968