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Eagle River Watershed Council organizes river restoration, landscape rehabilitation, water conservation and scientific monitoring projects on waterways throughout Eagle County. We partner with local businesses, non-profits and government agencies to bring river health to the entire watershed. Select a project from the menu below, or just scroll down to learn more.

Eagle River Riparian Enhancement Project

As part of the Eagle County’s Urban Runoff Group, Eagle River Watershed Council identified 17 potential riparian projects in the EagleVail area. This assessment led to the development of the Eagle River Riparian Enhacement Project which is focused on improving instream water quality, reducing sediment, and implementing watershed and riparian management actions. Appropriate and effective revegetation of riparian zones that run adjacent to Highway 6 and Interstate 70 will greatly reduce untreated urban and transportation corridor runoff.  The Request For Proposals (RFP) for this project can be found here.

Colorado River Restoration & Conservation Project

co-river-rest-and-consThe Colorado River Restoration & Conservation Project (CRRCP) is focused on identifying and implementing restoration and conservation projects on the Upper Colorado River reach in Eagle County. Eagle River Watershed Council is working in conjunction with the Colorado State University Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering to complete this exciting, multi-year endeavor. Potential projects identified by this study will be ranked by ecological priority combined with community support. Read More

Eagle Mine Superfund Site Monitoring

Eagle Mine Superfund Site MonitoringThe Eagle Mine is designated as one of Colorado’s “Superfund” hazardous waste sites. The Eagle Mine is located in Eagle County between the towns of Minturn and Red Cliff. Discharge from the mine works and from surrounding waste rock piles contributes to water quality impairments in the Eagle River and is largely the impetus for ongoing cleanup efforts in the area. Read More

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, 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

Eagle River Watershed Plan

The first Eagle River Watershed Plan has sections on water quality, water quantity, wildlife, recreation, and land-use. It provides information, goals, strategies, and action items related to water and land management practices in the Eagle River drainage basin. 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, US Forest Service, 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

Edwards Eagle River Restoration Project

Edwards Eagle River Restoration ProjectThe Edwards Eagle River Restoration entire project site is roughly 1.6 miles long covering an area of 168 acres. The project site begins about one-half mile downstream of the Edwards bridge and ends at the Hillcrest Drive bridge. Restoration, enhancement and protection is proposed on both north and south banks, in the river channel as well as within the floodplain. Read More

Gore Creek Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP)

Gore Creek Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP)The Gore Creek Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) seeks to address issues of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability – specifically, stewardship of Eagle County’s rivers and creeks and the use and management of the land abutting these waterways. Effective water resource management requires an integrative and collaborative watershed-based approach that engages a broad array of perspectives, including water supply and wastewater providers, economic, government, recreation, and environmental interests. 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

The 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 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

River Watch of Colorado

River Watch of ColoradoThe Watershed Council is proud to participate in River Watch, the statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program operated by the non profit 501(c)3 Colorado Watershed Assembly in cooperation with Colorado Parks & Wildlife. River Watch involves school groups, individuals and watershed organizations from around the state, with over 600,000 individuals volunteering their time at more than 3,000 monitoring stations along our 300 rivers. Read More

Water Quality Monitoring & Assessment (WQMAP)

Water Quality Monitoring & AssessmentThe Eagle River Watershed Monitoring & Assessment Program (WQMAP) is an important, long-term collaborative effort to understand, protect and improve water quality, water quantity, and biological health in the Eagle River Watershed. The goal of the Monitoring & Assessment Program is to provide ongoing water quality monitoring, engender science-based decision making and foster collaborative action to preserve or enhance the integrity of the watershed. Read More