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Roaring Fork Conservancy Breaks Ground on River Center

Basalt, CO (June 30, 2017) - Monday, June 26, 2017 marked the start of construction on Roaring Fork Conservancy’s River Center, located in downtown Basalt. The River Center will provide a central location to engage the community in the valley’s rivers.

Anchoring Basalt’s River Park and ‘non-profit campus,’ it will allow visitors and students to interact directly with river, wetland, and pond ecosystems. The River Center will host water-related educational seminars, meetings, and classes in the facility, adjacent park and along the Roaring Fork River. It will provide laboratory space for citizen science, river research and analysis; a hub for planning and execution of multi-jurisdictional stream restoration initiatives and river science projects; a headquarters for action-oriented, science-based watershed education for all age levels; and will bring people together to learn and discuss river issues. River Center visitors of all ages will leave with the knowledge and tools to enjoy and protect their local rivers and streams.

The River Center will also house the Watershed Institute, a nonpartisan forum to foster informed collaboration on western water issues. The Watershed Institute will bring together interested individuals in an environment ideally-suited to conduct water-based research and discuss water resources policy and management issues. It will be a place where people can come together to solve the complexities of western water we face today. The Watershed Institute will also take advantage of the River Center’s proximity to Rocky Mountain Institute’s new Innovation Center. Together, these two institutions hope to bring many new visitors to Basalt as they address inextricably linked water and energy initiatives.

The River Center will house Roaring Fork Conservancy’s operations and feature a unique combination of accessibility, visibility and functionality. More than just a building, The River Center is an innovative concept to inform, share and model the actions and interactions necessary to protect our exceptional rivers and watershed.

A ground breaking ceremony will be held on site at 3:00 PM on Friday, July 7, 2017.

For more information, please contact Rick Lofaro at or (970) 927-1290.


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Roaring Fork Conservancy

PHONE: (970) 927-1290

PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621

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

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