Posts by ERWatershed

Big snow and high flows don’t tell the whole story

Big snow and high flows don’t tell the whole story

One hundred and 28 percent. That’s the average snowpack the Upper Colorado River Basin saw for the 2019 winter season, which comprises the Western Slope of Colorado, eastern Utah, and parts of Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico. In Colorado, our local watersheds experienced snowpack at 134% of average through the season, and many late-season storms […]

Colorado’s mining past and the future of our rivers

Colorado’s mining past and the future of our rivers

The history of mining in Colorado is omnipresent. Whether you’re hiking in the backcountry or driving along I-70, you’re bound to come across something related to mining. The industry, which began when prospectors first discovered gold in 1859 west of Denver, helped the state develop into what we know it as today. When the gold […]

The mighty Colorado faces challenges

The mighty Colorado faces challenges

The mighty Colorado. Its very name makes some nostalgic, others wishful of adventure and, still others, fearful. Whatever your feelings, we are lucky to have about 55 miles of the Colorado River flowing through our county. Not to mention the Eagle River is a significant headwaters tributary to the Colorado River, and many of us […]

What in the World is W.O.T.U.S?

What in the World is W.O.T.U.S?

What in the world is WOTUS? Simply put, it stands for Waters of the United States. Currently, the determination of what is a water of the U.S. is being questioned and could have damaging effects to the environment and people of this country. In 2015, the Obama administration passed the Clean Water Rule (part of the […]

Local river lover wins a Rocky Mountain Raft for peak flow prediction

John Christensen Wins Raft

Eagle River Watershed Council’s inaugural Peak Flow Prediction contest provided the opportunity to win a Rocky Mountain Raft for anyone who could correctly guess the date of the Eagle River’s peak. With all of the late snow, cooler early summer temperatures and rain, runoff in the Eagle was prolonged and the peak was later this […]

Community rallies to get tires out of Eagle River

We have come a long way in how we care for our rivers. Before the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, it was common to dump chemicals, trash, and waste into our rivers. In fact, as recently as the 1940s and 50s, Minturn’s outhouses famously emptied directly into the Eagle River. The Eagle […]

Planning for Our Community’s Water Future

In low snow years like last year, the effects to our community can be felt immediately from the loss of revenue from ski tourism to low flows in our rivers in the following hot summer months leading to voluntary fishing closures and a lackluster whitewater season. Our angling, boating, recreation, wildlife and aquatic communities all […]

Letter: Thanks to Lands & River Fund participants

The Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle River Watershed Council wishes to thank all Land & Rivers Fund participating businesses and customers. We recognize that signing on to the program in its infancy required trust in the success of the program and the belief in the importance of our individual organizations and their missions. As we […]

Year in Review: 2018

The beginning of the year is a great time to look back on our accomplishments as a community engaged in protection of our precious watershed. In 2018, roughly 1,500 volunteers and dozens of agency, business, and municipal partners helped the Eagle River Watershed Council keep our waterways clean and healthy. As with any New Year’s […]

Request for Proposals to Develop Resilience Plan for Eagle County

Find the complete RFP here