Posts tagged Colorado River

Birds at Risk Along the Colorado River

In the arid West, we often hear how the Colorado River supports people–it provides drinking water to nearly 40 million people in seven states, irrigates 5.5 million acres of farmland and ranches, supports 16 million jobs, and has an annual economic impact of $1.4 trillion. We also hear about instream flows necessary to support our […]

Capturing Rain in Your Backyard

The Eagle Valley is a headwaters community—the Eagle River feeds into the over-allocated Colorado River, which, in turn, provides water for seven states and nearly 40 million people annually. Water that flows out of sprinklers and hoses is the same potable water that flows out of our kitchen sinks and shower heads. Outdoor water use […]

New Bill Clarifies Water Uses for Eagle County

EAGLE COUNTY — Colorado water law received some needed clarification in the 2017 session of the Colorado Legislature. The legislature, this session, passed a bill in response to the 2015 Colorado Supreme Court decision in the case of St. Jude’s Co. v. Roaring Fork Club LLC. That decision held that direct diversions of water from […]

Healthy Rivers Start in Your Backyard

Colorado is an arid state, averaging around 16 inches of precipitation a year. Factor in our high elevation, and the Eagle Valley can be a tricky place for gardening and landscaping. Fortunately, embracing the practices that allow our gardens and landscapes to thrive usually falls in harmony with best practices to keep our rivers healthy. […]

Plastic Rivers

Driving along I-70 in the springtime as the snow melts, various types of trash can be seen scattered along the grass median. This isn’t uncommon for a major highway running through a populated area, but unlike other communities, our roadways run parallel to our water source–the Eagle River and its tributaries. Wind can obviously blow […]

A Legacy of Wild & Scenic Rivers

“There is a religious experience in coming over top of a huge rapid and burying your bowman’s face down until you maybe can’t see him,” Claude Terry describes of our 39th president, Jimmy Carter—then Georgia Governor—completing the first tandem descent of the wild Chattooga River in 1974. President Carter grew up near rivers under the […]

Climate Change is Water Change

This past year will likely break 2015’s mark of being the hottest year on record. Colorado has seen a similar trend, with a 2 degrees Fahrenheit bump statewide in the last 30 years. Colorado, like much of the Southwest, has also seen drought for the past decade, which has been felt most strongly in the […]

Eagle River Watershed Council Year in Review

It’s been a busy year for the Watershed Council. The board and staff would like to take this time to thank everyone that participated in the wide variety of activities presented by our organization in 2016—from our educational Watershed Wednesdays series held throughout the valley, the sold out Wild and Scenic Film Festival, our annual […]

RiverFest 2015 tickets on sale now!

Join us Saturday, June 13th, for our 6th annual RiverFest — tickets are on sale now! This year, we’re partnering with Timberline Tours for a special guided rafting trip to explore a beautiful stretch of the Upper Colorado River.** As the sun sets and the evening begins, join us for a festive celebration of our […]

Pressures threaten Colorado River’s health

Bill Hoblitzell works for the Watershed Council on the Colorado River Restoration & Conservation Project (CRRCP) and other projects

While most people would consider it blessing enough to have just one incredible asset such as the Eagle River flowing right through their communities, Eagle County residents are lucky to live in close proximity to two remarkable rivers. The Colorado River flows through Eagle County for 55 miles and is known locally as the Upper […]

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A huge weight has been lifted! (Well… several times over at this point). Eagle River Watershed Council is ecstatic to announce that the tires..

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