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Roaring Fork Conservancy Timeline

1996

November

Roaring Fork Conservancy founded by Town of Basalt and Roaring Fork Club; Shane Harvey elected first President of the Board of Directors (1996-2004)

December

Receive 501(c)3 status

1997

 

March

Articles of Incorporation adopted

April

Jeanne Beaudry hired as first employee (Executive Director)

July

Scientific study completed of three mile Basalt stretch of Roaring Fork River

October

Become part of the River Watch Network, overseeing 24 local water quality monitoring sites in the watershed (1997-present)

1998

 

September

Field program created to establish better relationship with outfitters

May

Development Director hired; first newsletter published; annual campaign established

July

Education program begins under direction of Leigh Gillette

August

Roaring Fork Conservancy helps create Basalt River Days festival (1998-2010)

December

Heron Point conservation easement becomes the first Roaring Fork Conservancy easement, protecting seven acres of riparian habitat along the Roaring Fork River

1999

 

March

Roaring Fork Conservancy helps the Town of Basalt adopt a minimum set-back from rivers and streams within the town limits.

May

First Annual Fryingpan River Cleanup organized (1999-present)

June

Receive Environmental Stewardship Award from the Town of Carbondale

July

Roaring Fork Conservancy receives $36,000 from the State of Colorado under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act for the Basalt Education and Stormwater Study

August

Park East conservation easement adopted, protecting eight acres of riparian corridor and hillside

2000

 

January

Rivers Council formed as a fundraising arm of Roaring Fork Conservancy

February

Cattle Creek Confluence conservation easement adopted, protecting 54 acres of riparian corridor along the Roaring Fork River and Cattle Creek near Glenwood Springs

February

Crystal River Confluence conservation easement adopted, protecting six acres of riparian wetlands along the Crystal River near Carbondale

March

Participate in Town of Basalt Master Plan round-tables

June

Emma Open Space conservation easement finalized, protecting 74 acres of migration corridor and wetlands near Basalt

July

First annual River Rendezvous fundraising event established (2000-present)

2001

 

September

Basalt Stormwater Evaluations and Recommendations Report completed

Fall

Help found the Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative to bring diverse water interests together

November

Help pass the Basalt Open Space and Riverfront Parks initiatives which creates a $3 million fund for land acquisition

December

First State of the Rivers Report published, outlining the current health of the Roaring Fork Watershed rivers

2002

 

April

Launch of expanded and improved website www.roaringfork.org

May

First River Guide School training conducted with local fishing and rafting guides (2002-present)

June

Fryingpan Valley Economic Study completed

July

Summer drought conditions prompt Roaring Fork Conservancy to push for new temporary instream flow donation legislation in Colorado legislature through a Rippy-sponsored bill during 2003 session and a Curry-sponsored bill during 2005 session.

September

Introduce new Watershed Education Programs designed to help students better understand water-related issues and resources

October

Blue Creek Ranch Conservation Easement finalized protecting 20 acres of riparian cottonwood forest along the Roaring Fork River

November

Filoha Meadows Open Space Conservation Easement adopted, protecting 50 acres of riparian habitat, beaver ponds, and critical winter range along Crystal River

December

A Voice for Our Rivers video about Roaring Fork Conservancy completed after five years of filming

2003

 

January

Roaring Fork Conservancy helps establish Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative Water Group

March

Glenwood Springs Stormwater Assessment and Education completed

June

Fryingpan/Roaring Fork Fisheries Study completed

July

Harry Teague Architects selected to design future River Center

July

Selected to represent environmental interests on Colorado Basin Roundtable of Colorado’s Statewide Water Supply Initiative

September

Fryingpan/Roaring Fork River Macroinvertebrate Report completed

September

First edition of the Roaring Fork Watershed Inventory published

October

Selected as host watershed group for the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Colorado Watershed Assembly annual conference

December

Roaring Fork Conservancy adopts revised mission statement: “To inspire people to explore, value, and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed.”

2004

 

January

Diane Schwener becomes second President of the Board of Directors (2004-2011)

February

Blue Creek Ranch donates two acres for future field study center along Roaring Fork River

April

National Association for Interpretation Program Director Lisa Brochu helps staff and board create interpretive themes for future River Center

June

First annual River Float down lower Roaring Fork River attracts over 140 people (2004-present)

July

Stream Flow Survey project commences to model flows in Roaring Fork Watershed

August

Emma Overlook project along Emma Trail near Basalt completed

2005

 

January

Jeanne Beaudry steps down from Executive Director position after eight years with organization

February

Fryingpan Valley & Ruedi Reservoir Visitor’s Guide completed

April

Partnership with Pitkin County Open Space & Trails established to provide interpretive and educational programs on Pitkin County Open Spaces (2005-present)

May

Roaring Fork Conservancy moves and expands offices in downtown Basalt

May

Rick Lofaro hired as second Executive Director

June

Roaring Fork Conservancy purchases land for future River Center in downtown Basalt

July

Watershed Adoption Program commences to raise funds for program-specific work of Roaring Fork Conservancy

December

Burry conservation easement adopted, protecting eight acres of riparian corridor along the Roaring Fork River

2006

 

January

Roaring Fork Conservancy begins celebration of its 10th anniversary year

February

Stream Flow Survey report published

August

First annual High Mountain Masters benefit fly-fishing tournament held (2006 & 2007)

October

Roaring Fork Watershed 2006 Water Quality Report published

November

Roaring Fork Conservancy turned ten!

2007

January

Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative initiates State of Watershed Report. Roaring Fork Conservancy is lead consultant, RWAPA is lead sponsor

February

Release of RFC study of Bureau of Reclamation's Coordinated May 2006 Release from Ruedi Reservoir

March

Roaring Fork Conservancy unveils new logo and look as a result of year-long branding process

September

Organization commissions coordinated study of major mud flow on Seven Castles Creek in August

September

13-acre Grange River Conservation Easement established to protect riparian habitat on Roaring Fork River

September

13-acre Fourmile Creek Conservation Easement established

November

2-acre Powerhouse Conservation Easement on Crystal River near Redstone established

December

16-acre Grange Riverfront Conservation Easement on Roaring Fork River near Basalt established

2008

 

April

10th Annual Fryingpan River Cleanup

May

RFC and Miller Ecological publish report on Seven Castles/Fryingpan River mudflow that occurred in August 2007

October

Roaring Fork Watershed Plan Phase II guidance document "Why the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan Matters" published

October

1-acre Gerbaz Bridge Conservation Easement established allowing public river access to Roaring Fork River

November

State of the Roaring Fork Watershed Report published

December

Partners with Pitkin County on 9-acre Grange Loadout conservation easement near Filoha Meadows

2009

 

March

River Stewards friends network established

June

Roaring Fork Conservancy begins water quality baseline sampling in Thompson Divide area

September

Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative hosts public meetings to gain input on Roaring Fork Watershed Plan

October

Energy efficiency study on River Center design completed

December

First annual Midwinters Evening of Art benefit (2009-present)

2010

January

University of Michigan grad students begin study of Roaring Fork Watershed Plan implementation

February

Roaring Fork Watershed Plan Phase II guidance document "Illuminating the Way Ahead" published

March

Tapped film campaign encourages drinking tap water over bottled water

June

Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts Roaring Fork Watershed Summit with 80 elected officials and key agency staff

June

Basalt Town Council approves River Center conceptual plan

October

Roaring Fork Conservancy produces Voter's Guide to Water Issues

October

Colorado River Month in Roaring Fork Watershed raises awareness of larger watershed

2011

 

January

Roaring Fork Conservancy assists with production of Front Range Water Supply Planning Update report

January

Roaring Fork Conservancy and University of Michigan publish Fostering Implementation of the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan Report

February

Children's Water Education Fund established

March

Town of Basalt approves River Center

March

Draft Roaring Fork Watershed Plan released

June

Thompson Divide Baseline Water Quality Study Completed

August

2.7 acre Silver Lining Ranch Conservation Easement established along upper Roaring Fork River

October

Business Membership campaign launched

October

Watershed-wide Macroinvertebrate Study launched

November

Roaring Fork Conservancy turned 15!

December

Ramsey Kropf becomes third President of Board of Directors (2011-2014)

2012

January

River Center exhibit design initiated

March

Published Roaring Fork Watershed Plan

April

Opportunities for Water Conservation report published

May

Crystal River designated one of America's Most Endangered Rivers

May

Roaring Fork Watershed Stream Gage Needs Workshop report published

June

Site Recommendations for Stream Discharge Gaging on Top Tier Priority Reaches in the Roaring Fork Watershed report published

July

2011 Macroinvertebrate Study report published

Summer

Responded to 2012 Drought conditions with Hot Spots for Trout citizen temperature monitoring, water leasing, stream flow reports

September

Coal Basin pilot restoration project initiated

September

Upper Roaring Fork and Crystal River Snapshot Assessment study initiated

October

Published second Voters' Guide to Water Issues and co-hosted Candidate Forum

November

Completed Design Development of River Center building and site with architect

2013

 

January

Completed Schematic Design of River Center exhibits with exhibit design team

March

Initiated Comprehensive Lower Fryingpan River Assessment including macroinvertebrate, temperature, American Dipper, Didymo, and economic studies.

April

Partnered with Natural Resource Management Program at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville and Colorado State University to conduct specific aspects of Assessment.

May

Completed 2012 Macroinvertebrate Targeted Studies

June

Reinstated Hot Spots for Trout monitoring with over 50 volunteers

June

Reel in Water Use Campaign promoting water conservation

August

John Denver Sanctuary wetland planting project in partnership with City of Aspen and  Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

September

Initiated Crystal River Stream Management Plan

December

Hired new Watershed Education Director

2014

 

Spring

Engaged local citizens and over 300 school children in submitting comments on the Colorado Water Plan

May

Released final reports for American Dipper survey and macroinvertebrate study as part of the Comprehensive Lower Fryingpan River Assessment

June

Promoted current staff to Watershed Action Director

June

Roaring Fork Conservancy water quality data utilized to designate Thompson Creek as Outstanding Waters

Summer

Surveyed over 350 people along Fryingpan River and 160 at Ruedi Reservoir for the  Economic Study as  part of the Comprehensive Lower Fryingpan River Assessment

August

Offered three professional development opportunities to local teachers including training in the National Fishing in Schools Program and Project WET®

September 

Completed Bathometric and Topographic Mapping, Water Rights Allocation and Accounting Model and Water Quality Data Analysis on Crystal River

October

Released third issue of the Roaring Fork Valley Voters’ Guide to Water issues

November

Roaring Fork Conservancy turned 18!

December

Over 85,000 students reached in RFC education programs

2015

 

Winter

Redesigned River Center building plans

April

Hired Project Manager for River Center

May

Hired new Education and Outreach Coordinator and Development Associate

June

Released Economic Study as part of the Comprehensive Lower Fryingpan River Assessment

July

Launch new website!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roaring Fork Conservancy
PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-1290
info@roaringfork.org

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200 Basalt Center Circle, Suite 120, Basalt, CO 81621

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