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Eagle River Inventory & Assessment

Eagle River Inventory & AssessmentCompleted in 2005, the Eagle River Inventory & Assessment (ERIA), identifies potential sites along the Eagle River in need of restoration and conservation work. In March of 2003, the Eagle River Watershed Council began this comprehensive assessment of our river system in order to effectively prioritize our restoration efforts and resources. Colorado State University Departments of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences took on the technical aspects of the project. The cooperative effort involved natural resource agencies, local governments, outfitters and guides and citizens actively interested in land and water resources. A wide variety of input from across the valley was very important to the success of the project. Read More

East Fork of Red Dirt Creek Restoration

East Fork of Red Dirt CreekIn 2013, the Watershed Council began a second project along Red Dirt Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River. Throughout the year and into 2014, the Watershed Council, USFS, Trout Unlimited, and volunteers planted willows, installed water savers and removed a dirt road that was adding sediment to the creek and harming the native cutthroat trout population. Read More

Homestake Creek Restoration

Homestake Creek RestorationThe goal of the Homestake Creek Restoration and Enhancement Project was to improve habitat conditions for fish as well as riparian-dependent terrestrial species (e.g., birds, beavers, insects), along a six mile segment of Homestake Creek below the Homestake Reservoir. This section of Homestake Creek was selected because it receives extremely heavy recreation pressure resulting in a diminished riparian condition. Read More

Piney River Restoration

Piney RiverThe reach of the Piney River just below Piney Lake is wildly popular with campers, hikers, horseback riders, photographers and fishers. The Piney River Habitat Enhancement Project, a project of the Eagle River Watershed Council and the Forest Service, was designed to restore and improve habitat conditions for fish and animals that live along a two-mile section of the Piney River and adjacent lands just below the lake. The Piney River is a tributary of the Colorado River and converges with the Colorado just above State Bridge. Read More