Roaring Fork Conservancy Partners with RWAPA and local municipalities to encourage water conservation this summer

As we head into the summer of 2021, dry conditions from below average snowpack compound with dry soils from the summer of 2020 to land the Roaring Fork Valley in a Severe to Extreme drought as designated by the Colorado Drought Monitor on April 27, 2021...

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This month's River Notes

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Weekly River Report

July 22, 2021 - 


The Western Slope is still very much in exceptional drought and streams across the Roaring Fork Watershed are flowing, on average, 40% of normal. As stream flows across the Roaring Fork Watershed continue to decrease, the monsoon season has begun. Monsoonal storm systems can cause river levels and clarity to fluctuate from day to day, and precipitation from these rainstorms is essential to the local ecosystem. The afternoon/evening storms bring beneficial moisture to the parched landscape and offer much needed cooling relief in area rivers and streams. In addition to recent rain, releases from Ruedi Reservoir increased by 25 cfs on Wednesday, July 21, bringing Fryingpan River flows to 168 cfs. For more information on drought and fishing closures, please visit

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Drought has set in in the Roaring Fork Valley for over a year and with it, dropping river levels and elevated water temperatures which lead to stressed fish and other aquatic organisms.

In hopes to protect our rivers, the trout and the future of our fishery, Roaring Fork Conservancy is relaunching Hot Spots for Trout, a citizen scientist stream temperature monitoring program, is looking for volunteers who would be willing to...

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Regional water providers collaborate to protect drinking water supplies and need your help

The beautiful area we live, play and work in are headwaters to an abundance of rivers and streams; sources of someone’s drinking water supply.  We all have a responsibility to KEEP IT CLEAN because many people downstream depend on it! How do we educate residents and visitors about protecting these sensitive areas? Read more...

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Contact Us

Roaring Fork Conservancy

PHONE: (970) 927-1290

PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621

22800 Two Rivers Road
Basalt, CO 81621

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