In 2012, the ERWC volunteers have 6,547 hours of hard work and commitment to the watershed in the form of education projects, restoration and clean up projects, planting, and river sampling. This is a value of $142,648.00!
The Eagle River Watershed Council continued to coordinate water quality monitoring and data analysis efforts in 2012. The ERWC manages a partnership which includes USGS, the US Forest Service, the Colorado Dep’t. of Wildlife, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, Timberline Aquatics, local towns and the County. Data collectors meet to figure out what we need to know about the health of our rivers, how to obtain that information and how to interpret the data we collect. Threats to our waters include heavy metals from the Eagle Mine Superfund site, traction sand migrating off W. Vail Pass into Black Gore Creek, stormwater and urban runoff and nutrient loading.
Water Wise Wednesdays
We had several Water Wise Wednesdays in 2012, including the showing of Robert Redford’s film, Watershed. Thanks to everyone who attended our events!
The event was a huge success and the funds raised support the Watershed Council’s river advocacy programs in Eagle County.
Keep it Clean!
Community Pride is the theme of ERWC’s best known events— the Eagle River Clean Up and the Community Pride Highway Clean Up. The Eagle River Clean Up had 350 volunteers this year and the Community Pride Highway Clean Up had 1000!
River Watch Water Testing
2012 was a busy year at the Watershed Council! ERWC provided hours of technical assistance to our partners. Our River Watch volunteers Susan Pollack, Timm Paxson, and Keith Kepler dedicated 60 hours to water quality testing.
Colorado River Restoration and Conservation Projects
Partnering with CSU, we commenced Phase I of the Colorado River Restoration and Conservation Projects with an invetnory and assessment of the 55 miles of the Colorado River flowing through Eagle County. This science-based study, structurally similar to CSU’s 2005 study of the Eagle River, will gather information that exists about this largely agricultural segment and ascertain what additional information we need about the river.
Water Quality Improvement Plan
The Watershed Council worked with partners on a Water Quality Improvement Plan (to be completed in 2013) as a response to Gore Creek being listed as 303 D impaired for aquatic life by the State. The plan will address East Vail’s impaired macroinvertebrate population as well as stormwater management and land use practices of creekside homeowners, property managers and landscapers. The plan is intended to be reproducible in other sections of Eagle County.
ERWC Finances at a Glance