June 2020 Watershed Snapshot: Peak Flows and Climate Change

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Upper Colorado River Watershed Snapshot: June 4, 2020

Drawing from data recorded on USGS gauges located around the Fraser Valley, this map compares measurements from June 4th with median flows from previous years.

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 impacts from climate change in the Upper Colorado River watershed include:

  • Higher than average runoff earlier in the spring
  • Peak run off occurring in May rather than June
  • Lower than average runoff and reduced groundwater levels into the late summer and fall months.

In general, flows were well above average in early June, with the most pronounced flows in the upper reaches of the watershed marked by blue dots. Further downstream, green dots mark flows only slightly above average.

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Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day with our Spring Newsletter!

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Sunset over Ranch Creek, an UCRWG target area subwatershed.
Photo courtesy of Tiffany Gatesman Photography.

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, we can hold vigil in our hearts and in our homes and take time to reflect on what we truly value and love about this pale blue dot we all call Home.

Here at UCRWG, we find that listening to the babble of an alpine stream or pondering the depths of a mountain lake can help restore our strength and sanity when the world begins to feel like too much. Yet these ecosystems that we cherish and depend on are fragile and facing increasing encroachment from human development and the impacts of climate change.

That’s why we are still working hard to establish a robust watershed group to help protect and restore the Upper Colorado River. Watershed groups are proven to improve local water quality – and we want to bring those benefits and protections to the watershed that we call home.

As a newly-established grassroots nonprofit, community support and word-of-mouth are vital to our existence – we need YOU in order to keep doing what we do, and to do even more for the Upper Colorado River watershed.

Community support is critical for grant funding, with every grant that we apply for looking for evidence of in-kind donations from the local community. 

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Join our Board of Directors!

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Are you passionate about protecting the long-term sustainability of the Upper Colorado River Watershed? Do you have experience in the wild, wild world of Colorado water law, knowledge of watershed management techniques, or the drive and enthusiasm to help steer your local watershed group forward?

If so, we need YOU!

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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 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.

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