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​​Friends of the Poudre

Friends of the Poudre is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Cache La Poudre River from the threats of water diversion, mega-reservoirs, ecologically unsound usages, and insensitive development. Through our membership, we intend to monitor instream flows and water quality levels to ensure quality of life. We aim to protect the remaining free-flow, while enhancing the river's riparian habitat and recreational amenities. Through vital philanthropic activities, Friends of the Poudre will aim to remind the users of its historical past, while raising support and funding to protect the river into the future. Visit the Friends of the Poudre at their website friendsofthepoudre.com.

Roaring Fork Conservancy

Roaring Fork ConservancyRoaring Fork Conservancy (RFC) was founded in November 1996 as an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing people together to protect the streams and rivers of the Roaring Fork Watershed. This includes the Roaring Fork River and its tributaries from Independence Pass near Aspen to Glenwood Springs where it joins the Colorado River. With a mission to inspire people to explore, value, and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed, Roaring Fork Conservancy is focused on: water quantity -- keeping water in rivers, water quality -- keeping rivers healthy, and  habitat preservation -- keeping riparian habitat intact. Roaring Fork Conservancy staff further its mission through two main program areas: Watershed Education and Watershed Action. The Watershed Action program addresses current issues and future threats to the watershed through proactive science and watershed planning. This includes RFC’s Water Quality Monitoring Program which has been participating in River Watch since 1997 and, with the help of dedicated volunteers, monitors over 20 sites throughout the watershed. This information is then used to educate local communities, coordinate management practices, and address water quality issues, often in conjunction with the recommended actions of the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan. 

If you would like to learn more about Roaring Fork Conservancy please visit http://www.roaringfork.org/.

The Western Slope Conservation Center

For 35 years, the Western Slope Conservation Center has been working to protect the lands and waters of the North Fork of the Gunnison and Lower Gunnison watersheds. The Conservation Center monitors, educates about, and responds to energy development in the region, monitors water quality, encourage recycling in Delta County, and collaborates with a variety of community stakeholders to manage local natural resources.  We have built long-term relationships with local coal mines in order to mitigate the local environmental impacts and to strengthen our local economies and communities.  We support greater access to public lands and rivers in the region, including through the development of the Paonia River Park.

The Center has successfully protected permanent water rights for the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, monitored North Fork baseline water quality for over ten years, restored many miles of river channels and riparian zone, and supported the reconstruction of over 7 dangerous and ecologically-damaging irrigation diversion dams.  Most recently, the group has been working to prevent environmental damage from potential natural gas development in the North Fork Valley. For more information, visit http://www.theconservationcenter.org/ or email sarah@theconservationcenter.org.

Blue River

Blue River Watershed GroupThe mission of the Blue River Watershed Group is to protect, restore, and promote a healthy watershed through cooperative community education, stewardship, and resource management. The Blue River Watershed Group (BRWG) began as a gathering of concerned local citizens. The group began their work in October 2004 with a primary emphasis on public education and involvement. Group members were encouraged by attendance at their first public information sessions on basic water law and water issues. Formal articles of incorporation were officially recognized by the Colorado Secretary of State on October 20, 2004. The group’s steering committee met on December 2, 2004, and officially formed a board of directors, elected a chairperson, and established by-laws. The group received 501(c)3 status from the IRS on September 8, 2005. 

Additional public information sessions were held in 2005 and 2006 on such topics as flood potential, the impact of snow-making, legislative issues related to water, and various government projects affecting the Blue River. The BRWG has written a watershed plan for the Snake River and is working with other groups to implement the recommendations of the plan.  It is currently involved with restoration activities on the Swan River and Tenmile Creek, tributaries to the Blue River. 

For more information, visit blueriverwatershed.org or contact Steve Swanson at steves@blueriverwatershed.org or 970 485-2636.

Eagle River Watershed Council​

Eagle River Watchershed CouncilThe 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. 

The Eagle River Watershed Council has been partnering with River Watch since 2008. We now sample at three sites along the Eagle River in Eagle County, CO. Our monitoring efforts along the Eagle River are very important because just upstream is the Eagle Mine, an EPA Superfund Site. Our River Watch sampling helps the collection effort with regards to heavy metals that are leaching from this mine and it helps raise community awareness about the quality of the Eagle River downstream from the mine.

Our wonderful volunteers, Timm​ Paxson (Board of Directors), Susan Pollack (Board of Directors President), and Keith Kepler do the majority of our water sampling. For more information, visit the Eagle River Watershed Council's Facebook page or go to the Council's River Watch Samp​ling​ page.

Lake Fork Valley Conservancy

Lake Fork Valley ConservancyLake Fork Valley Conservancy (LFVC) has been an agent of environmental stewardship throughout the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River watershed for more than a decade. The Conservancy officially emerged in 2009, combining the resources of two Lake City groups that had been working to protect fragile wetlands at nearby Lake San Cristobal since 1998, and address water contamination in the Henson Creek watershed caused by historic mining. Mining drove the development of Lake City, and the abandoned relics of that industry continue to impact waters flowing through the Town's vital, scenic waterways. ​

The Conservancy earned an EPA Achievement Award in 2008 for its leadership in mine cleanup, and earned a Partners in Conservation award from the Department of the Interior in 2012. The Conservancy sustains partnerships with municipal, state, and federal agencies to preserve historically and ecologically significant lands, engages residents in citizen science, and creates cultural events such as film and water festivals that celebrate environmental stewardship. The Conservancy's keystone projects for 2013 range from the cleanup of the Hough Mine, the largest man-made contributor of cadmium and zinc to 303(d)-listed Henson Creek, to a restoration project along the Lake Fork and the completion of a 116-acre conservation easement. For more information, visit http://www.lfvc.org/.