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Roaring Fork Conservancy is the watershed action and education organization for the Roaring Fork Watershed that brings people together to protect our rivers. 

We focus on:  
Water Quantity  |  Water Quality  |  Riparian Habitat Protection

The Community's Voice Impacts the Future of Water:
Refined River Center Plan

Since its inception, Roaring Fork Conservancy has envisioned creating a River Center where the hidden elements of rivers and water are revealed. Like nature centers that sprang up in the 1960s and 1970s in response to people’s disconnect with the environment, the River Center will help people reconnect to their watershed and local rivers. By listening to the comments made by the community about what they wanted in a River Center, Roaring Fork Conservancy redefined and updated the architectural design in 2014. Read more

Roaring Fork Beer Co. Launches 1% for the Fork Program
Carbondale-based Roaring Fork Beer Company (RFBC) recently released its long-awaited seasonal Slaughterhouse Lager. RFBC is donating 1% of the revenue from sales of the Slaughterhouse Lager to Roaring Fork Conservancy to support protection of local rivers. The label on the can features the Roaring Fork Conservancy logo demonstrating the brewery’s commitment to the Roaring Fork Watershed and its rivers.

RFBC has named multiple beer offerings with rivers in mind. Slaughterhouse Lager is named after a prominent rapid on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen loved by boaters during high water. Their Freestone Extra Pale Ale also incorporates the local rivers into its name. A freestone river is one without a dam and the local Crystal River is one of a handful that has not yet been dammed. 

The craft Slaughterhouse Lager can be purchased throughout the summer and fall at RFBC’s tasting room in Carbondale and at local restaurants and liquor stores; see the complete list.

Sharon Clarke is Moving On After 10 Years
Roaring Fork Conservancy would like to thank Sharon Clarke, Watershed Action Director, for over 10 years of contributing to our organization and especially the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys. Sharon accepted a new position with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and will return to the much beloved Pacific Northwest she called home for many years. During her time at Roaring Fork Conservancy, Sharon led efforts to implement Watershed Action projects which led to many victories both for the rivers and the community. Among her major successes are: co-leading the development and implementation of the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan and compilation of State of the Watershed Report; spearheading the Crystal River assessment and restoration project; and developing strong relationships and partnerships with local, state and federal government agencies, water right holders, and other non-profits such as Colorado Water Trust, to pursue creative solutions to enhance stream flows, which included the development of a Roaring Fork Watershed regional water conservation plan. Sharon has directed RFC’s land conservation program, designed and implemented macroinvertebrate studies, identified stream gage needs and obtained funding for their installation, and was instrumental in coordinating the Comprehensive Fryingpan River Study. Sharon will be greatly missed by Roaring Fork Conservancy and the many people that have had the privilege of working with her. We wish her well in her future endeavors in Oregon. View photos here 

2014 Wild Waters Photo Contest

We are celebrating the 50th birthday of the Wilderness Act. 34% of the Roaring Fork Watershed is Wilderness. Submit your river and stream photos from designated Wilderness areas within the
Roaring Fork Watershed. Our five Wilderness areas include: Maroon Bells -Snowmass, Hunter-Fryingpan, Collegiate Peaks, Holy Cross, and the Raggeds. Deadline for submission is September 30, 2014. More info...


RFC Conducts Comprehensive Study of Lower Fryingpan River
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 or download the Background Document.


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