At the Eagle River Watershed Council, we pride ourselves on being a community-supported nonprofit. Through our events, the Watershed Council promotes the ideals that are woven into the fabric of our mountain lives. The annual Highway and River Cleanups are our way of beautifying the valley for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

Collaborative Programming

From the Town of Vail’s Lunch with the Locals Programs to Climate Action Collaborative events to Eagle Valley Outdoor Movement, the Watershed Council has robust relationships with organizations across the valley to bring you collaborative programming. Whether it’s educational, experiential, volunteer-based, or just plain fun, check our calendar and sign up for our newsletter for the latest on what’s going on in the local water world!

Contact or call our office at (970) 827-5406 if you have any questions!

Watershed Wednesdays

A recent Watershed Wednesday group explores the abandoned Eagle Mine site. Here we saw remnants of the tram that carried workers between the town of Gilman to the mine workings.<br />**NOTE: this tour was conducted on private property. Visiting this site is trespassing and is illegal unless accessed with an authorized group.**

Eagle River Watershed Council strives to engage our community in an ongoing conversation that will expand knowledge and encourage dialogue regarding our local waterways. To this end, our monthly Watershed Wednesday series brings in experts to share their knowledge and experience regarding a specific, water-related topic. The series also offers screenings of pertinent water-themed movies and tours of significant water-related sites in the region.

Our hope is that attendees will gain a broad understanding of the many issues pertaining to and affecting our rivers and streams, both here in Eagle County and around the state of Colorado. Check out our upcoming Watershed Wednesday programs in the Calendar or view archived presentation materials.

Community Pride Highway Cleanup

Each April, following the end of ski season and as the spring melt gets underway, trash and debris emerges after a long winter buried in layers of snow. The Community Pride Highway Cleanup, presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise, is our way of sprucing up the valley for residents and visitors alike!

More than 1000 volunteers join in on this annual rite of spring to pick up litter from 138 miles of Eagle County highways. Local businesses, organizations, families and friends form teams, each responsible for cleaning up a stretch of road. After a morning of hard work, we gather to blow off steam and celebrate our accomplishments with a free party for participants and families — great food, local beer, live music and a raffle! Information about this rite of spring will be posted on the calendar as it becomes available.

Eagle River Cleanup

IMG_3649We all love to play on our rivers and streams during the warm months but all that love can take its toll. That’s why each September, we get down and dirty for a day of cleaning along the waterways that we all cherish.

The Eagle River Cleanup, presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise, is a hallmark event of the Watershed Council and one that shows the strength of our mountain community. Over 350 volunteers from local businesses, organizations, families and friends show their dedication to our valley by forming teams to clean up over 68 miles of Eagle County rivers and streams. After a morning of hard work, the volunteers and their families are invited to celebrate the successful cleanup with a free Thank You BBQ – great food, local beer, live music and a raffle make this event a must! Information about this fall-favorite will be posted on the calendar as it becomes available.