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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 […]

Watershed Council Announces New Staff

Watershed Council Announces New Staff

  Eagle River Watershed Council is pleased to announce the selection of Kate Isaacson as their new Projects and Events Coordinator. Kate was chosen for this role because of her enthusiasm for environmental sustainability as well as her administrative skills and experience with event planning.   Her interest in conservation grew immensely in Boulder, CO where […]

ATTENTION ANGLERS: Please Read Before Fishing!

ATTENTION ANGLERS: Please Read Before Fishing!

  Due to high water temperatures, low flows, and reduced oxygen in the water, fish in the river are under extreme stress. Additional stress from fishing, catching, handling, releasing, and wading may result in the onset of disease and/or fish mortality. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking for your cooperation in a VOLUNTARY FISHING CLOSURE […]

High River Temperature Alert in Effect

High River Temperature Alert in Effect

EAGLE COUNTY–Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Eagle River Watershed Council, and the Eagle River Valley angling community are asking for your voluntary participation in protecting our world-class fisheries. The 2018 fishing season in the Eagle River and Upper Colorado watersheds is in full swing and fishing is good with prolific insect hatches. Currently, the Eagle and […]

Watershed Council Announces New Staff

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 […]

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, […]

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