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Current Efforts in Cutthroat Trout Conservation

For decades, it was accepted that Colorado’s native cutthroat trout could be distinguished by their location:  Greenbacks were east of the Continental Divide; Colorado River and Rio Grande cutthroat were in their namesake watersheds; and yellowfin were extinct from Twin Lakes.  In 2007, however, through the use of innovative genetic techniques, researchers reported that half […]

Birds at Risk Along the Colorado River

In the arid West, we often hear how the Colorado River supports people–it provides drinking water to nearly 40 million people in seven states, irrigates 5.5 million acres of farmland and ranches, supports 16 million jobs, and has an annual economic impact of $1.4 trillion. We also hear about instream flows necessary to support our […]

Watershed Council Announces New Staff

Eagle River Watershed Council is pleased to announce the selection of Michael Pleimling as their new projects and events coordinator. Pleimling was hired as the Watershed Council’s habitat restoration intern in May and has been working directly under the current projects and events coordinator, Brooke Ranney, throughout the summer. The internship built upon his experience […]

New Developments on the Horizon for the Eagle Mine

Long-time residents of the Eagle Valley remember a time nearly 30 years ago when the Eagle River ran orange. Linda Jones, who worked at Battle Mountain High School, would pass by the river and its orange-stained rocks on her way to work, football games, and ski practices. Joe Macy and his colleagues at Vail Resorts […]

Fracking and its Implications on Colorado’s Waterways

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” has become widely discussed by the press and is a central focus among conservationists for a myriad of reasons. Fracking is the process of injecting a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals under high pressure deep into the earth’s crust. This process creates new fractures in bedrock, as well as increases […]

Gore Creek Revegetation Day

Gore Creek Revegetation Day

Over the past several decades urban development in Vail has increased exponentially which has had a significant impact on the habitat in and around Gore Creek, a major tributary of the Eagle River. Much of the habitat along Gore Creek has been degraded by undirected social use and building development. As a result, water quality, […]

Efforts to protect native fish getting funds

Chris Dillmann | cdillmann@vaildaily.com

John LaConte jlaconte@vaildaily.com EAGLE COUNTY — A rare species of cutthroat trout found near Gypsum is expected to thrive if an idea for stream restoration is realized. Thanks to recent donations, that idea is much closer to becoming a reality. Trout Unlimited announced Monday that the Abrams Creek restoration project has been awarded several local […]

Capturing Rain in Your Backyard

The Eagle Valley is a headwaters community—the Eagle River feeds into the over-allocated Colorado River, which, in turn, provides water for seven states and nearly 40 million people annually. Water that flows out of sprinklers and hoses is the same potable water that flows out of our kitchen sinks and shower heads. Outdoor water use […]

New Bill Clarifies Water Uses for Eagle County

EAGLE COUNTY — Colorado water law received some needed clarification in the 2017 session of the Colorado Legislature. The legislature, this session, passed a bill in response to the 2015 Colorado Supreme Court decision in the case of St. Jude’s Co. v. Roaring Fork Club LLC. That decision held that direct diversions of water from […]

Healthy Rivers Start in Your Backyard

Colorado is an arid state, averaging around 16 inches of precipitation a year. Factor in our high elevation, and the Eagle Valley can be a tricky place for gardening and landscaping. Fortunately, embracing the practices that allow our gardens and landscapes to thrive usually falls in harmony with best practices to keep our rivers healthy. […]

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