Upper Colorado River Watershed Group Welcomes New Kawuneeche Group

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The Upper Colorado River Watershed Group is excited to announce our first partnership project with the newly-formed Kawuneeche Group, which focuses on a sub-watershed within the UCRWG target area.

The Kawuneeche Group promotes watershed awareness and conservation in the North Fork of the Colorado River (NFCR), including the Kawuneeche Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park, and identified its area of focus with our 2018 Watershed Resiliency Plan (see map left).

The Kawuneeche Group will focus on implementing local restoration projects based in scientific research and technological findings while conducting community outreach, engagement, and education efforts.

The group will be guided by UCRWG’s three-pronged strategy for science-based community planning outlined in the WaterSMART Roadmap to a Healthier, More Resilient Upper Colorado River Watershed:

  1. Develop a holistic watershed model that incorporates hydrology, ecology, geochemistry, industry/agency guidance, and community values.
  2. Promote broad community participation in baseline monitoring, decision‐making, watershed action, and cultural appreciation.
  3. Help stakeholders protect, restore, and enhance the local watershed as opportunities consistent with the UCRWG Watershed Resiliency Plan arise.

UCRWG will serve as the fiscal sponsor for the Kawuneeche Group and is already collaborating with the organization on several grant applications for local restoration projects and community engagement events.

We’re thrilled to be working with the Kawuneeche Group at the beachhead of the Upper Colorado River Watershed and look forward to all that we can accomplish together in the future.

For more information please visit: www.kawuneechegroup.com.

Tips for Fly Fishing in Warmer Waters

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Fly fishing is a popular summer pastime in the high Rockies, woven into both the social and economic fabric of countless towns throughout Colorado. Yet a hot, dry summer is stressing our local watersheds and with over two thirds of the state currently experiencing drought conditions, Colorado Parks & Wildlife has implemented a number of voluntary fishing closures over the summer months. Read More

Watershed Snapshot

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UCRWG is excited to release our first-ever Upper Colorado River Watershed Snapshot, providing real-time modeling of stream flows in the Upper Colorado River watershed for August 1, 2018. This is a crucial first step in locally-based watershed modeling, allowing for a watershed-scale perspective on how water demands from both the Eastern and Western slopes are putting stress on the headwaters of the Upper Colorado River.

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UCRWG Research: Impact Fees and Sustainable Funding Sources

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At the request of a Fraser Citizen, UCRWG recently provided research on the feasibility of using an Impact Fee to help generate sustainable, long term funding for watershed restoration projects and water and sanitation infrastructure in the Upper Colorado River headwaters.

A report by Grand Environmental Services shows that a modest fee of as little as $2.00 per month from Denver Water customers could generate as much as $7,000,000 annually for projects in the Colorado River headwaters. That much-needed cash could be available in perpetuity to help assure consistent water quality and quantity for future generations, in turn benefiting both the Eastern and Western Slopes. Read More

Photo Gallery from Smith Creek Willow Planting

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A Fantastic and Successful Event!

Check out the photo gallery from this weekend’s Adopt-a-Waterway volunteer project along Smith Creek in Granby!

This event was organized by the MPHS Interact Club with assistance from UCRWG, the Rotary Club of Grand Lake, the Town of GranbyGranby Ace Hardware, and more! This will be a gift that keeps giving as we watch our willows grow and our creek become healthier for years to come.


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