Upper Colorado River Watershed Group

Established in 2016, the Upper Colorado River Watershed Group (UCRWG) promotes awareness, conservation, and appreciation of the lands and streams that compose the headwaters of the Colorado River through science, education, and outreach.
Serving the local community in Grand County, Colorado and striving to connect with water users in the Front Range metro area, UCRWG is a nonpolitical, nonregulatory organization that seeks to protect water quality and preserve ecosystem functioning by establishing a regional watershed management plan based on rigorous scientific data and community participation. Our programs include stream corridor and forest health restoration projects; guided educational hikes and citizen science initiatives; and community outreach and education.  
UCRWG actively works to provide a neutral forum for the diverse stakeholder groups of the Colorado River to identify shared values and goals while preserving the health and beauty of the watershed we all love. 
Grand Lake by canoe

Join us on our journey to protect and restore the headwaters of the Colorado River. As a small nonprofit organization, we rely on the generosity and dedication of our local community to keep us moving forward.



July 20, 2020 in Community

July Watershed Snapshot: High Temperatures and Fish Stress

  Water temperatures were high across most of the Upper Colorado River Watershed in July, with low flows in key parts of the watershed from trans-basin diversions. Over 500 cubic…

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June 25, 2020 in Watershed Snapshot

June 2020 Watershed Snapshot: Peak Flows and Climate Change

The Upper Colorado River watershed experienced peak flows for the year on June 4, hinting that the impacts of climate change are already being felt in the Fraser Valley. Predicted…

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April 22, 2020 in Community

Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day with our Spring Newsletter!

We’re excited to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day here at UCRWG! While we sadly cannot gather to celebrate the unique beauty of planet Earth due to COVID-19,…

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