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. […]

Plastic Rivers

Driving along I-70 in the springtime as the snow melts, various types of trash can be seen scattered along the grass median. This isn’t uncommon for a major highway running through a populated area, but unlike other communities, our roadways run parallel to our water source–the Eagle River and its tributaries. Wind can obviously blow […]

A Legacy of Wild & Scenic Rivers

“There is a religious experience in coming over top of a huge rapid and burying your bowman’s face down until you maybe can’t see him,” Claude Terry describes of our 39th president, Jimmy Carter—then Georgia Governor—completing the first tandem descent of the wild Chattooga River in 1974. President Carter grew up near rivers under the […]

River-Friendly Snow and Ice Removal

Are you a pusher or a scooper? Of snow, that is. With all of the snow earlier this winter you likely have a distinct preference for one or the other. I’ll leave it to the medical professionals to advise on proper shoveling techniques. What I’d like to focus on is how to remove snow and […]

Climate Change is Water Change

This past year will likely break 2015’s mark of being the hottest year on record. Colorado has seen a similar trend, with a 2 degrees Fahrenheit bump statewide in the last 30 years. Colorado, like much of the Southwest, has also seen drought for the past decade, which has been felt most strongly in the […]