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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 rivers at the Wolcott Yacht Club nestled along the Eagle River. Guests will enjoy a catered dinner, local craft beer, specialty cocktails, a silent auction, dancing, and a very special performance by bluegrass super-group Taarka from Lyons, Colorado!

We hope that you’ll join us for this full-day celebration of the protection and conservation of the Upper Colorado and Eagle Rivers! Click here to purchase your tickets today!

**Those participating in the float must meet Timberline Tours at the State Bridge boat ramp at 12:30 on Saturday. Float tickets must be purchased in advance, the last day for purchasing float tickets will be Friday, June 12th.**

RiverFest 2015

Eagle River Cleanup Returns September 13th

The Eagle River Watershed Council is celebrating the 20th year of the Eagle River Cleanup. In 1994, before the formation of the Watershed Council, the local Trout Unlimited chapter organized the inaugural Eagle River Cleanup. There were two tents and 24 volunteers, half of which were Vail Resorts ski patrollers equipped with radios and trucks. There was a silent auction, which included a Vail season pass and raised a total of $400.

Join us for the 20th Annual Eagle River Cleanup!In the past 20 years, the Eagle River Cleanup has grown tremendously and become a fall tradition for many environmentally and community-minded families, groups and companies. This year, nearly 350 volunteers are expected to help care for our local waterways in the 20th annual Eagle River Cleanup on Sept. 13. This popular, countywide event is organized by the Eagle River Watershed Council, presented by Vail Resorts Echo, sponsored by many businesses and supported by volunteers from Red Cliff to Dotsero to East Vail.

Massive Community Effort

From 9 a.m. to noon, teams of volunteers will be cleaning up the banks of Gore Creek and the Eagle and Upper Colorado rivers. All told, this massive community effort will clean nearly 70 miles of river throughout Eagle County.

Following the cleanup, volunteers and their families are invited to the Broken Arrow at Arrowhead from noon to 2 p.m. for a free thank you barbecue provided by the Arrowhead Alpine Club. The party features music from local Minturn favorites, the Turntable Revue, beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing and a raffle for the entire family.

Volunteers Needed

More volunteers are always needed. Call the ERWC office at 970-827-5406 or email us at serrill@erwc.org to confirm your usual segment, sign up for a new one or join an existing team. Volunteers meet on the river at assigned locations on the day of the event, so you must pre-register in order to know where you’re needed most.

The Eagle River Watershed Council has a mission to advocate for the health and conservation of the Upper Colorado and Eagle River basins through research, education and projects.

Welcome Doug Serrill, Projects & Events Coordinator!

We are pleased to announce the selection of Doug Serrill as our projects and events coordinator. This is a new position at the Watershed Council and one that will have a big impact on the organization as a whole.

Doug Serrill

Doug Serrill, ERWC’s new Projects & Events Coordinator

Serrill comes to the Watershed Council from the San Francisco Bay Area. There he managed native plant nurseries and coordinated community-based restoration projects for Save The Bay, a regional conservation and advocacy organization.

“We are very excited to grow the organization and to have Doug on board,” said Holly Loff, executive director. She added “he has already jumped right into the fray and is working to expand our signature events. With his background, we have no doubt that he will also be a great asset for our restoration projects. The community can expect more volunteer opportunities with ERWC, and Doug’s personality will make these opportunities educational while also a lot of fun.”
Serrill joins Loff as well as Kate Burchenal who serves as the Watershed Council’s education and outreach coordinator.

Eagle River Watershed Council encourages the community to come out and discover our rivers on August 9th at the 5th annual RiverFest presented by Oldcastle SW Group. The event provides an opportunity to float the Upper Colorado River, explore new Eagle County Open Space access points, and meet the Watershed Council board and staff, including Serrill. Following the float, there will be a family-friendly party at Colorado River Ranch with live music, local beer and wine, dinner by Moe’s Original BBQ, dancing, a bouncy castle and more. Tickets are available online.

Learn more about the Watershed Council, or buy RiverFest tickets, at www.erwc.org. Serrill can be reached at serrill@erwc.org or 970-827-5406.

Volunteers clean Vail Valley’s roadways

Despite an impending winter storm warning, families, friends, companies and organizations gathered to beautify our valley Saturday during Eagle River Watershed Council’s 14th annual Community Pride Highway Cleanup presented by Vail Resorts Echo. With 90 individual teams tackling 140 miles of highway, the valley underwent a makeover in just a few hours.

clockwise from left: one of our four-legged helpers; the Golden Toilet Seat was awarded to the Ruggs Benedict team for finding the most unusual piece of trash -- a full set of dentures!; volunteers getting down & dirty on Highway 6 near GypsumMany volunteers have participated in the cleanup for years, reclaiming their familiar stretch of highway each April. But new teams also bring new energy, and individual volunteers add to teams up and down the valley. Dave Mott, a longtime supporter of the highway and river cleanups, guessed that this was the biggest-ever turnout for the thank-you barbecue at the Broken Arrow Restaurant in Arrowhead.

Chip Bair, a recent addition to the Watershed Council’s board of directors, was participating in his second cleanup. Bair led a team cleaning up Highway 6 near his house in Eagle and also helped out at the barbecue.

“I was happy to see that there was less trash this year,” he said. “Last time, we picked up 20 bags along our mile. This year, there were only 14 bags.”

THANKING PARTICIPANTS

Eric Pottorf, food and beverage director at Vail Resorts, kicked off the barbecue with a thank you to all who were involved. Vail Resorts Echo was again the presenting sponsor of the cleanup and had many employees helping out.

A big winner of the day was the Ruggs Benedict team, which captured the coveted Golden Toilet Seat Award. Each year, the trophy is awarded to the team that finds the most bizarre piece of trash. This year that came in the form of full dentures found along Highway 6 near Gypsum.

Up Front interview with Eagle County Commissioner

Hot off the press! Check out our Up Front interview with Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry. A big thanks to Kathy for hosting us and to Josh and Cheryl from EcoTV18 for putting it all together! Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry sat down with Holly Loff & Kate Burchenal to discuss our events, projects and future plans.

video from Eagle County ecotv18 on Vimeo.