After realizing that little data existed for the 55 miles of the Upper Colorado River running through Eagle County, Eagle River Watershed Council sought to fill this gap. The natural starting point for this effort was to conduct a full, science-based inventory and assessment of the ecology of the river corridor. The Eagle River Watershed Council worked in conjunction with the Colorado State University Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering for this study. Field work for the CRRCP began in the fall of 2012 to inventory and assess the state of the river, its tributaries, and the surrounding riparian area.

The resulting Colorado River Inventory & Assessment (CRIA), completed in July 2014, informs projects and policy suggestions moving forward. The study and CRIA are considered Phase I in the Colorado River Restoration & Conservation Project (CRRCP), which is focused on identifying and implementing restoration and conservation projects on the Upper Colorado River in Eagle County.

With CRIA completed, ERWC will turn its attention to the next phases of CRRCP: consensus building and project planning based upon the projects suggested in CRIA.

CRRCP has received broad support from partners including the Colorado River Basin Roundtable, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Eagle County and its Open Space Program, and Colorado State University.

The full Colorado River Inventory & Assessment is available for download here and the Executive Summary can be found here. CRIA refers to GIS time-series animations illustrating river flow and temperature data, which are accessible below. These are large .mov files which will download and play on your Windows Media Player. Please note they may take a few minutes to download/open.