Posts in category Watershed Education

Remember to Pick Up After Your Dog

In the 2013 U.S. Census, it was estimated that 70 million to 78 million dogs live, play and poop in the United States. As most of us know, Coloradans are among the top dog lovers in the country. According to Forbes, Colorado claims two of the top 10 most pet-friendly cities in America — Colorado […]

Wildfires and Our Mountain Streams

With the arrival of fall colors, wildfire season in the West is on the retreat. It’s important to look back on the toll these fires have taken on Colorado’s watersheds. In 2015, wildfires burned a record-breaking 10.1 million acres across the U.S., according to High Country News. We’ve seen a similar magnitude of burns this […]

Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers in Eagle County

As enjoyers of our aquatic playgrounds in the summertime, most of us that fish and boat are aware that human activity has impacts. We’re probably less conscious that our own recreation practices may be leaving a mark. Invasive pests known as aquatic nuisance species are a growing threat to our water systems. These aquatic hitchhikers […]

Blue Trails Program protects the Eagle River

The watershed of the Eagle River, including Dead Cow Rapid in Red Canyon, lies almost entirely within Eagle County's borders

Vail Daily, March 19th. Editor’s note: The author wrote this column on behalf of Eagle River Watershed Council. Colorado is blessed with many rivers that flow from melting winter snows to the sea crossing nearly a third of the country. These rivers support the significant recreation economy of Colorado’s mountain communities. Fishing, rafting, kayaking, skiing […]

Respect and protect riparian areas

Riverbanks don’t get much press. They’re pretty, so you see pictures of them all the time, but typically the river itself is the focus of the picture with the banks just there to frame the shot. Whether you fish, raft, watch wildlife, like to look at “pretty stuff” or work in an industry that helps […]

Looking at water by the numbers

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Did you know that Colorado is home to more than 700,000 miles of rivers, streams and creeks? Think about that: 700,000 miles. Considering that the Earth’s circumference is approximately 25,000 miles, end to end; Colorado’s waterways could circle the globe 28 times. And if we want to take this comparison to outer space, then one […]

How will you help local water quality?

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Have you ever wondered how our day-to-day activities here in the Eagle Valley affect water quality? Well, you aren’t alone. For years, local stakeholders have engaged in efforts to understand changing water chemistry and aquatic life conditions in the Eagle River. Until the 1980s, the Eagle River seemed healthy enough and people looked no further. […]

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