UCRWG Ramps Up Wildfire Restoration with CDPHE Watershed Grant

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UCRWG gives a hearty THANK YOU to our new project sponsors, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

 

UCRWG staff member Becca Hofmeister and Project Scientist Tiffany Gatesman monitor water quality in the North Fork.

We are excited to announce that we’ll be rolling up our sleeves and getting to work this summer on some much-needed restoration projects along the North Fork!

Thanks to a generous CDPHE grant and the ongoing support of people like YOU, UCRWG will be helping to address the impacts of climate change and wildfire in this vital artery of the Colorado River. 

It was the hard work and dedication of UCRWG Vice President and Grand Lake resident Ken Fucik that secured the $190K grant to promote wildfire restoration along the North Fork of the Colorado River (NFCR). CDPHE identified UCRWG as a local, grassroots organization well-positioned to help local private and municipal stakeholders grapple with post-wildfire restoration. 

Working with Estella Moore and the CDPHE Nonpoint Source Pollution Management (NPS) Program, funding will be used to bolster ongoing UCRWG efforts in the NFCR watershed northwest of Grand Lake. Colorado’s NPS Program blends Federal and State regulations with industry Best Management Practices (BMPs) to meet cost-effective goals.  

UCRWG will be helping local stakeholders implement watershed-based BMPs, including:

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Drone Photos

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Melting ice on Shadow Mountain Reservoir (April 27, 2021)

 

Spring melt in the Three Lakes region (April 27, 2021)

 

Spring melt (April 27, 2021)

 

Weed growth in the North Fork River (April 27, 2021)

 

Weed patch in the North Fork (April 27, 2021)

 

Discharge from pumping (April 27, 2021)

 

Weed growth (April 27, 2021)

 

Weed growth in the North Fork (April 27, 2021)

 

Side channel between islands in SMR (April 27, 2021)

 

Ice remaining in SMR (May 26, 2021)

 

Water in channel between islands (May 26, 2021)

 

Weed growth along the shore (May 26, 2021)

 

Weed and algae growth along the shore (May 26, 2021)

 

Shadow Mountain Reservoir, with a white film on the surface from the coagulation of dissolved organic carbon (June 7, 2021)

 

White film on the surface of Shadow Mountain Reservoir from coagulation of dissolved organic carbon (June 7, 2021)

 

A closer look at the dissolved organic carbon on the surface of SMR (June 7, 2021)

 

Weed growth and white film from coagulation of dissolved organic carbon (June 7, 2021)

 

Weed growth and sediment runoff from the North Fork into Shadow Mountain Reservoir (June 7, 2021)

 

Weed growth in Shadow Mountain Reservoir (June 7, 2021)

 

Weed growth and coagulation of dissolved organic carbon into a white film on the surface of Shadow Mountain Reservoir (June 7, 2021)

 

Weed growth in Shadow Mountain Reservoir (June 7, 2021)

 

North Fork River (June 7, 2021)

 

Weed growth and coagulation of dissolved organic carbon on Shadow Mountain Reservoir (June 7, 2021)

 

Sediment runoff from the North Fork and coagulation of dissolved organic carbon into a white film (June 7, 2021)

 

Discharge from the North Fork into Shadow Mountain Reservoir (June 7, 2021)

 

Weed growth in the North Fork (June 7, 2021)

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Interview with UCRWG President Andy Miller

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Who has the right to the water in Grand County?

And how does water in Grand County end up flowing over the Continental Divide?

UCRWG Board President Andy Miller exploring the watershed by canoe.

Here at UCRWG, we’re fighting to protect the health and sustainability of the Upper Colorado River watershed for the long-term. To us, that means keeping the water that is in the watershed flowing through our streams and rivers, NOT increasing how much water is sent over to the Front Range before it even hits our watershed. Why? Because we see proposed increases in transbasin water diversions as threatening the ecological stability of the watershed as a whole.

But what are transbasin diversions? What’s going on with water in Grand County? And how is UCRWG President Andy Miller connected to your last overnight trip to the Broome hut?

Check out this in-depth interview with John Sanderson at Grand County Matters to learn more! Some great lunch time listening to learn more about Grand County.

Fall Newsletter: Reflecting on the East Troublesome Fire

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Sunset over Shadow Mountain Reservoir, taken as part of UCRWG's summer aerial watershed surveillance campaign via drone, a partnership with the Three Lakes Watershed Association.

The UCRWG Board of Directors extends its heartfelt condolences to all those in our Grand County community affected by the East Troublesome Fire. 

We were all impacted by the suddenness and severity of the East Troublesome Fire and mourn with our neighbors the loss of property and places we all love to the fire. However, we take comfort how our community stepped up to help those in need at a moment's notice. Here at UCRWG, we know that we are a part of a community that is truly Grand.

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July Watershed Snapshot: High Temperatures and Fish Stress

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Upper Colorado River Watershed Snapshot: July 17, 2020

Flow levels and water temperatures taken from USGS flow gauges around the Upper Colorado River watershed.

 

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 feet per second (CFS) were diverted to the Front Range through the Moffat and Adams tunnels, marked by the purple lines on the right side of the map.

Flows at Windy Gap represent water sent further downstream, with only 176 cfs flowing further down the Colorado in mid-July. The red dot to the left of Granby marks Windy Gap Reservoir, where the two major confluences of the Upper Colorado River – the North Fork and the Fraser – meet.

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