Roaring Fork Conservancy http://aspenpublicradio.org en Creek Through Contested Thompson Divide Gets Additional Protections http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/creek-through-contested-thompson-divide-gets-additional-protections <p></p><p>The Thompson Creek watershed that flows through the contested Thompson Divide area, received a special designation this week. On Tuesday, the state’s Water Quality Control Commission approved an “Outstanding Waters” designation for several branches of Thompson Creek, near Carbondale.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:13:56 +0000 Marci Krivonen 19939 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Creek Through Contested Thompson Divide Gets Additional Protections EPA's "Waters Of The U.S." Source Of Frustration For Farmers, Ranchers http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/epas-waters-us-source-frustration-farmers-ranchers <p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:35:18 +0000 Marci Krivonen 19221 at http://aspenpublicradio.org EPA's "Waters Of The U.S." Source Of Frustration For Farmers, Ranchers Forecast: Big Spring Melt Will Boost Area Rivers To Above-Average Levels http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/forecast-big-spring-melt-will-boost-area-rivers-above-average-levels <p></p><p>Spring runoff in the Roaring Fork Valley typically starts around this time, in early to mid-April. It peaks later in the spring. This year mountain snow is plentiful and once it melts, river flows are predicted to be higher than average. But, the timing of the melt is important. Aspen public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Sarah Johnson, the Outreach Coordinator for the Roaring Fork Conservancy. She says the snowpack in the Roaring Fork watershed is well above average.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:47:18 +0000 Marci Krivonen 16487 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Forecast: Big Spring Melt Will Boost Area Rivers To Above-Average Levels Local Group to Study Fryingpan River/Ruedi Impact http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/local-group-study-fryingpan-riverruedi-impact <p>The Roaring Fork Conservancy is taking a look at what a healthy Fryingpan River means to the local economy. The Fryingpan Valley Economic Study is underway and will continue into next year according to the Basalt based organization. The group says the study aims to understand visitor use and spending related to recreational activities on the Lower Fryingpan River and Ruedi Reservoir, and the river’s economic importance. The final result will give people an idea of what a healthy river means to the local economy.&nbsp;The Conservancy believes the report will also aid in helping to keep the river healthy. Colorado State University and Colorado Mountain College are assisting with the study that is funded in part by the town of Basalt, Eagle County, the Aspen Skiing Company Environment Foundation and other private donors. Over a decade ago the Conservancy conducted a similar study and found the Fryingpan Valley's recreational activities contributed an estimated $1.8 million annually in total economic output to Basalt's economy. Updated numbers are expected to be greater.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:09:21 +0000 Rob St. Mary 16157 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Local Group to Study Fryingpan River/Ruedi Impact Local Conservation Group Gets Involved With Colorado Water Plan http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/local-conservation-group-gets-involved-colorado-water-plan <p></p><p>As the state prepares a statewide water plan, a local non profit wants to make sure our rivers and streams in the Valley are protected. Basalt-based Roaring Fork Conservancy is pinpointing environmental values, so, as the state searches for more water to fill growing needs, local waterways stay full. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his State of the State address earlier this month Governor </span>Hickenlooper<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> touched on water.</span></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:49:40 +0000 Marci Krivonen 13582 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Local Conservation Group Gets Involved With Colorado Water Plan