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Gunnison River Basin Watershed Groups
Coal Creek Watershed Coalition
The Coal Creek Watershed Coalition works to restore terrestrial and aquatic environments that have been impaired due to metals and other contaminants. The Coalition has been in existence since 2003 and has expanded its mission to the adjacent Slate River Watershed to create a watershed plan.
Sarah Sauter, P.O. Box 1612, Paonia, CO 81428, PH: 970-527-5307
Friends of the River Uncompahgre (FORU)
The Friends of the River Uncompahgre works in conjunction with the cities and counties along the Uncompahgre River to create strong community partnerships with a common goal of restoration, enhancement and protection of the riparian corridor. Friends of the River Uncompahgre is currently working with the city and county of Montrose to establish a 100' riparian buffer to protect water quality and preserve the greenway.
Ben Tisdel, P.O. Box 3592, Montrose, CO 81401, PH: 970-318-1037
Gunnison Basin & Grand Valley Selenium Task Forces
The Gunnison Basin Selenium Task Force is a group of private, local, state, and federal interests committed to reducing selenium in our affected waterways, while maintaining the economic viability, quality of life, and agricultural heritage of the Lower Gunnison Basin and Grand Valley of Western Colorado.
Sonja Chavez de Baca, 114 Sandpiper Trail, Gunnison, CO 81230, PH: 970-641-8927
High Country Citizens' Alliance
The mission of High County Citizens' Alliance (HCCA) is to champion the protection, conservation and preservation of the natural ecosystem within the Upper Gunnison River Basin. The HCCA works to improve instream flow protection, and water resource planning by including environmental and recreation values and needs, and to monitor, assess and restore riparian and watershed health.
Alli Melton, P.O. Box 1066, Crested Butte, CO 81224, PH: 970-349-7104
Lake Fork Valley Conservancy
Through collaborative public projects, research, and education we enhance understanding of the natural resources and impacts within the Lake Fork Valley and empower our community to become stewards of their environment. In 2013 we look forward to three keystone projects. First is our initiative to stabilize channels, improve trout habitat, and create a waterfront park on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River and Henson Creek. The second is our inaugural summer Water Festival. The third is a reclamation of the Hough Mine with the Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety. Throughout the year, we will continue to facilitate conservation easements, foster public discourse about sustainability, and collect water quality data with students at Lake City Community School and partners at the Bureau of Land Management.
Camille Richard, P.O. Box 123, Lake City, CO 81235, PH: 970-209-5238
Lake Fork Watershed Working Group
The Lake Fork Watershed Working Group (LFWWG) is an organization created by stakeholders involved in watershed issues. The mission of the group is to represent the entire range of community and stakeholder interests in watershed activities, and to facilitate communication, acquire data, and recommend remediation and restoration activities in areas of environmental degradation.
Ridgway Ouray Community Coalition (ROCC)
The Ridgway Ouray Community Coalition is a Ouray county organization whose mission includes building, nourishing, and protecting a healthy spirit of community. ROCC is dedicated to a broad range of quality of life issues and projects in Ouray County which includes promoting sustainable environmental practices within the region, and promoting socially responsible and economically practical land use policy while maintaining respect for citizens property rights.
Jen Parker, P.O. Box 1077, Ridgeway, CO 81432, PH: 970-626-5309
The Uncompahgre Partnership (formerly known as the Uncompahgre Plateau Project) is a collaborative partnership between the Public Lands Partnership (PLP), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW), and US Forest Service (USFS), Western Area Power Administration and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. The goal of the UP is to develop a collaborative approach to improve the ecosystem health and natural functions of the landscape, using best available science, community input and adaptive management.
Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership
The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership (UWP) is a grassroots coalition of citizens, nonprofits, local and regional governments, and federal and state agencies dedicated to understanding the Uncompahgre Watershed. Our mission is to protect and restore the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed through coordinated community and agency efforts and to build an informed and engaged citizenry on watershed issues. We strive for a healthy river in a thriving community. The UWP is currently working on establishing water education programs in local schools, fundraising for mine remediation and river corridor restoration, and holding regular stakeholder meetings to solicit input from our community.
Tanya Ishikawa, PO Box 392, Ridgway, CO. 81432, PH: 970-325-3010
Western Slope Conservation Center
The Conservation Center is a 35-year-old grassroots 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to build an aware and active community that protects, preserves and enhances the natural, human and economic resources of the North Fork of the Gunnison and Lower Gunnison Watersheds. The Conservation Center takes a community-directed, solution-focused approach to watershed restoration and river rehabilitation.
Alex Johnson, P.O. Box 1612, Paonia, CO 81428, PH: 970-527-5307