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Arkansas River Basin Watershed Groups
Arkansas River Coalition
Our mission is to protect, restore and improve the entire Arkansas River Watershed and to enhance the well-being of all life it sustains. That includes sustainable water quantity, improving water quality and increasing the access to and connection with the River and all its tributaries from the Rocky Mountain high country to the Mississippi.
Tom Pelikan, P.O. Box 3065, Wichita, KS 67201, PH: 720-219-3279
Culebra Range Community Coalition
The main focus of the Culebra Range Community Coalition is environmental education. We hosted Trinidad's first Community Water Festival attended by all 1500 K-12 students in the community. We also awarded our 1st two Environmental Scholarships this spring. We are participating in organizing a Purgatoire River Watershed Group.
Tom Perry, 612 South Chestnut St., Trinidad, CO 81082, PH: 719-846-8380
Fountain Creek Restoration Project
The Restoration Project works to raise awareness of degraded conditions in Fountain Creek flowing through Manitou Springs. They developed a Restoration Master Plan which outlines steps for reducing sedimentation & erosion, enhancing native vegetation, and developing a sustainable fishery.
Dana Butler, 3 Via Loma, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District
The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District was created in June 2009 under Senate Bill (SB)09-141, established under Title 32 of the Colorado Revised Statute (CRS). The District is authorized to manage, administer, and fund the capital improvements necessary in the Fountain Creek Watershed to mitigate flooding, erosion and sedimentation; address water quality issues; improve drainage; fund the protection of open space; and develop public recreational opportunities including open space. The District has land use authority in the 100 year floodplain between El Paso and Pueblo counties (south of the City of Fountain and north of the City of Pueblo). Outside this area, the district can provide input to public bodies on land use applications that may have direct or indirect impacts to the watershed.
Larry Small, P.O. Box 26373, CO Springs, CO 80936, PH: 719-447-5012
Greater Arkansas River Nature Association
The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association provides and promotes educational activities, volunteer projects and community involvement to conserve the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the Arkansas River. The Association actively promotes Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway designation for local roads and presents educational programs to the community explaining "Heritage" and Heritage Area Planning.
Alison Ramsey, P.O. Box 1522, Salida, CO 81201, PH: 719-539-5106
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.
Kato Dee, 901 S. Hwy. 24, Leadville, CO 80461, PH: 719-486-3212
Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas
The Land Trust works to protect the important land and water resources in Lake, Chaffee, Fremont, Saguache, and Park Counties. The watersheds within these counties include the Upper Arkansas and its tributaries.
Andrew Mackie, P.O. Box 942, Salida, CO 81201, PH: 719-539-7700
Purgatoire Watershed Partnership
The Purgatoire Watershed Partnership's mission is to proactively acquire and maintain a watershed-wide stakeholder partnership aimed at the assessment, restoration, protection, and improvement of all aspects regarding the Purgatoire River watershed.
Karen Wolf, 3590 E. Main St., Trinidad, CO 81082, PH: 303-772-5282
Republican River Watershed Association
The mission of the Republican River Watershed Association is to keep sustainable agriculture in the watershed, recognizing the stewards are vital to taking care of the land.
Harley Ernst, 2860 Rd. QQ, Flagler, CO 80815, PH: 970-357-4258
Rocky Mountain Field Institute
Rocky Mountain Field Institute is dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of public lands in the Southern Rocky Mountain region through volunteer-based trail and restoration projects, environmental education, and restoration research. We work with over 1,300 community volunteers every year restoring watersheds, rehabilitating burn areas, reconstructed damaged trails, and completing revegetation work in impacted natural areas. Current work sites include: Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods Park, Hayman Burn Area, Fountain Creek, Shelf Road Recreation Area, and Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.
Jennifer Peterson, 815 S. 25th St., Ste 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, PH: 719-471-7736
Upper Arkansas River Restoration Project
The Project was initiated to assess and remediate historic fluvial mine tailings in the "11-mile reach" of the Arkansas River from the confluence of California Gulch to Kobe. The Project is entering the remediation and renovation stage using over $26 million from mining company settlements. The Project has also been influential on the group of federal trustees and mining companies formed to assess natural resource damages and determine alternative restoration activities.
Greg Brunjak, P.O. Box 27, Leadville, CO 80461, PH: 719-486-1075