During 2014, the state of Colorado will be creating a state-wide water plan to determine how the state will manage its water resources into the future. With eminent threats and growing demands including population growth, long-term drought, and climate change, Colorado is faced with the great challenge of managing water resources throughout the state. While 80% of the state's population is on the front range and 80% of the precipitation falls on the western slope the challenge lies in providing water to the entire state. RFC Conducts Comprehensive Study of Lower Fryingpan River
The Colorado Water Conservation Board is currently accepting comments for the Colorado Water Plan. Learn more about the Plan and how you can be involved here.
Two years of extreme drought conditions and declining wildlife populations has Roaring Fork Conservancy and local citizens concerned for the health of the Fryingpan River. Beginning this month, Roaring Fork Conservancy is launching into a series of studies to better understand the river’s health. The studies, collectively called the Comprehensive Lower Fryingpan River Assessment has an overall goal to ensure the environment and economical sustainability of the Lower Fryingpan River, including its designation as a “Gold Medal Fishery”. The 13 miles of river below Ruedi Dam is some of the most popular fly fishing in the world and pumps millions of dollars annually into the local economy. For more information visit roaringfork.org/fryingpanstudy or download the Background Document.
RFC Welcomes Christina Medved, Watershed Education Director
We are pleased to welcome Christina Medved as its Watershed Education Director. Christina steps in for out-going Watershed Education Director Tim O’Keefe who worked with Roaring Fork Conservancy for 12 years. Christina will start in late February. Christina comes to the Roaring Fork Valley from Stroud Water Research Center near Philadelphia, PA where she’s been the Education Programs Manager and Leaf Pack Network® Administrator for the past 13 years.
Christina’s career has focused on watersheds and stream ecology. She particularly enjoys making complex scientific information accessible and applicable to the non-scientist. Her experience ranges from teaching field-based, boots-in-the water stream studies to students in the 4th grade all the way to retirement age; training citizen volunteers on how to monitor their streams; and coordinating two watershed treks which gave high school students a full-immersion experience in tracing the drinking water supply of New York City and Wilmington, DE. Throughout her time at the Stroud Center she presented stream ecology and Leaf Pack Experiment workshops across the United States as well as in villages of Costa Rica and Peru. Christina brings a wealth of experience and talent to Roaring Fork Conservancy’s staff. As Watershed Education Director she will oversee the organizations programming with schools, adults, families and the public. View entire press release here.