co-river-rest-and-cons-projectThe 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.

WQMAP began in 1998 to help community members, and a diverse stakeholder group, realize a set of shared water quality and water resource management goals — namely, to provide a foundation for science-based decision making. The Eagle River Watershed Council (ERWC) currently coordinates and oversees the program with the aim of enhancing communication among program partners and improving understanding of monitoring goals, costs, time frames and results.

The Project

Biomonitoring data is collected annually under contract with a consultant; streamflow, temperature, and specific conductance data is collected in real time by participating organizations; and water chemistry data is collected bi-monthly under joint funding agreement (JFA) with the US Geological Survey.

This is a mature, long-term watershed assessment effort that continues to grow through collaborative stakeholder involvement, regular program review, community outreach, data analysis and reporting.

Reports of Interest

Data and information generated by this program is frequently used in investigations of water quality conditions and trends in the Eagle River Watershed. A sampling of the types of investigations and subsequent reports made possible by the data collection efforts coordinated by this program include:

Thank you to our supporters and project partners

WQMAP is a multifaceted program and one that recognizes the common values of local stakeholders. In this way, this project garners support from a broad partnership and is able to generate timely and actionable information for decision-makers.

Watershed Data Collectors

  • United States Geological Survey
  • Eagle River Water & Sanitation District
  • Town of Vail (River Watch)
  • Eagle River Watershed Council (River Watch)
  • CBS/Newfields
  • Timberline Aquatics
  • United States Forest Service
  • Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
  • Town of Eagle
  • Town of Gypsum
  • Frost Creek

Funding Partners

  • Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority
  • Eagle River Water & Sanitation District
  • Eagle County
  • Eagle River Watershed Council
  • Vail Resorts Management Company
  • Homestake Partners
  • Battle Mountain
  • Colorado River Water Conservation District
  • Town of Vail
  • Town of Gypsum
  • Town of Eagle
  • Town of Avon
  • Denver Water
  • United States Geological Survey
  • Town of Minturn
  • Climax Molybdenum