Roaring Fork Conservancy

Environment
5:13 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Creek Through Contested Thompson Divide Gets Additional Protections

The headwaters of the south branch of the middle Thompson Creek are pictured here. This stretch of water received an "Outstanding Waters" designation from the state.
Credit Colorado Trout Unlimited

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.

To win approval the stream has to meet several high quality standards and, the designation prohibits certain pollutants from being discharged into the water. Aaron Kindle is with Colorado Trout Unlimited, which fought for the designation. He says it protects fish.

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Water
7:35 am
Thu May 29, 2014

EPA's "Waters Of The U.S." Source Of Frustration For Farmers, Ranchers

Acting Administrator for the EPA's Office of Water gets a tour from local water officials and the Roaring Fork Conservancy. The group visited different sites along the Frying Pan River.
Credit Marci Krivonen

A top administrator in the EPA’s Office of Water was in the Roaring Fork Valley on Wednesday, touring local rivers and drumming up interest for a proposed Clean Water Act rule. Acting Administrator Nancy Stoner says the so-called “Waters of the U.S.” rulemaking clarifies what types of waterbodies get federal protection. Before she discussed the rule with local residents, she traveled up the Frying Pan river. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was along for the ride, and filed this report.

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APR Local News
8:47 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Forecast: Big Spring Melt Will Boost Area Rivers To Above-Average Levels

The snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed is significantly above average thanks to spring snow showers. The spring melt usually starts in early or mid-April.
Credit www.roaringfork.org

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.

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River Study Planned
11:09 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Local Group to Study Fryingpan River/Ruedi Impact

Fryingpan River
Credit http://www.flyfishingconnection.com/

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. 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.

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APR Local News
8:49 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Local Conservation Group Gets Involved With Colorado Water Plan

Research of the Roaring Fork Watershed will be considered as the state moves forward with a statewide water plan. The information is thanks to a Basalt non-profit organization.
Credit Google Image/suehess.com

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.

In his State of the State address earlier this month Governor Hickenlooper touched on water.

"Now, if words were water, the state would never run dry," he said.

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