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Colorado Water Conservation Board Basin Fact Sheet, Arkansas River Basin

Colorado Water Conservation Board Basin Fact Sheet, Arkansas River Basin


Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 , 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Water Quality in the Lower Arkansas Basin: Impacting your Bottom Line

WORKSHOP - Water Quality in the Lower Arkansas Basin: Impacting your Bottom Line

WORKSHOP - Water Quality in the Lower Arkansas Basin: Impacting your Bottom Line

Tickets are FREE but RSVP is required. A complimentary lunch will be served during the workshop.
Please RSVP by February 17th.

The Arkansas River is the economic lifeblood of many Coloradans. As one of the largest river basins in the state, it is quite the “workhorse” as far as rivers and the many competing interests are concerned. Its flows provide water for a broad diversity of agriculture, municipalities, recreationists, wildlife and industry uses. However, decades of utilizing the state’s most important resource have taken a toll on “The Ark”. Changes in water rights, non-point source and point source pollution have had cumulative effects on water quality and further impact the uses of Arkansas River water. Concentrations of selenium and nutrients have become more prevalent and the economic impact from these pollutants may affect producers’ bottom lines.

In 2012 the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission adopted Regulation 85 to address nutrient pollutant levels in rivers and lakes throughout the state, including the Arkansas. Regulation 85 requests implementation of voluntary best management practices to reduce non-point sources of nutrients
before 2022 at which point there will be an evaluation of progress made and the potential need to adopt control regulations for agricultural practices. Fortunately, there are Federal and State resources available to assist agricultural producers in meeting water quality goals. Your local NRCS/conservation district office can help guide you with a plan and availability of technical and financial assistance.


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