Roaring Fork Conservancy and local partners launch drought resiliency project

Farmers and ranchers in the Roaring Fork Valley are coping with the effects of prolonged drought. Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC) recognizes the value and complexities of local agriculture. To this end, RFC is partnering with several producers, Lotic Hydrological consulting, and Pitkin County Open Space to explore opportunities of enhancing the resilience of ranching operations in the Roaring Fork Valley in times of water shortage. The project team is interested in identifying means for mitigating against the impacts of drought on productivity in mid- to high-elevation grass pastures and hay fields—the dominant agricultural land use in the Roaring Fork Valley. The study will work to identify field-scale treatments that can be used to minimize (or eliminate) reductions in crop yields and forage quality that are expected in times of limited water supply.

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Roaring Fork Conservancy honored with a 2023 Award for Excellence in Environmental Education

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) awarded Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Watershed PenPal Program with a 2023 Innovative Environmental Education Program Award. Recipients of the 2023 Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education were recognized on Friday, September 29, 2023 at CSU Spur in Denver as part of CAEE’s Annual Advancing Environmental Education Conference. 

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Weekly Snowpack and River Report

June 13, 2024 - 


Following a hot and sunny week, flows continue to increase in the Roaring Fork Watershed and are well above average for this time of year - 134-294% of normal. Already above average, flows doubled on the Upper Roaring Fork River between Aspen (462 cfs to 881 cfs) and Emma (2,790 cfs to 5,380 cfs) over the last week. Current flow at Hooks Bridge surpasses the last 12 years of peak runoff at that site! Releases from Ruedi Reservoir increased through the weekend, but have come down since Sunday, the net result being a 20 cfs increase on the Lower Fryingpan River from a week ago. While high water brings multiple ecological benefits to rivers including flushing sediment and recharging groundwater, it is also dangerous for people. River users should exercise extreme caution and wear a life jacket at all times this weekend, or elect to stay off the water entirely. Find river safety information and more at

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Basalt, CO 81621

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