The Upper Colorado River Watershed Group is excited to announce our first partnership project with the newly-formed Kawuneeche Group, which focuses on a subwatershed 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 (RMNP), and has identified its area of focus with our 2018 Watershed Resiliency Plan.
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.
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
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