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2008 State of the Roaring Fork Watershed Report

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Cover, Table of Contents, Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 - Preface and Introduction
Chapter 2 - Regional Water Management

Chapter 3 - Water Topic Overview
   3.1 Water Quantity
   3.2 Water Quality 
   3.3 Riparian Areas    
   3.4 Instream Areas
   3.5 Climate Change

Chapter 4 - Water Resource Discussion by Sub-watershed
   4.0 Water Resource Discussion by Sub-watershed
   4.1 Upper Roaring Fork Sub-watershed    
   4.2 Upper Middle Roaring Fork Sub-watershed
   4.3 Lower Middle Roaring Fork Sub-watershed
   4.4 Lower Roaring Fork Sub-watershed 
   4.5 Maroon/Castle Creek Sub-watershed
   4.6 Snowmass/Capitol Creek Sub-watershed
   4.7 Fryingpan River Sub-watershed 
   4.8 Crystal River Sub-watershed
   4.9 Cattle Creek Sub-watershed

Chapter 5 - Next Steps

Chapter 6 - Appendices
   Appendix List
   All Appendices - As One Document  
   Appendix 1.1 Reviewers and Authors
   Appendix 1.2 Climate Stations
   Appendix 1.3 Riparian and instream species of concern
   Appendix 1.4 County Land Use Codes
   Appendix 1.5 Pitkin County Caucus Information
   Appendix 2.1 Citizen's Guide to Colorado Water Law 2nd Edition
   Appendix 2.2 CWCB Instream Flow Roaring Fork Watershed
   Appendix 2.2a Snowmass Creek CWCB Instream Flow
   Appendix 2.3 Natural Lake Levels Roaring Fork
   Appendix 2.4 CWCB ISF
   Appendix 2.5 RICDS
   Appendix 2.6 Fry-Ark and IPTDS Water Rights and Bypass Flows 
   Appendix 2.7 River District's Conditional Water Rights Maps
   Appendix 2.8 Colorado Basin Roundtable Members
   Appendix 3.1.1 Stream Gages  
   Appendix 3.1.2 Hydrologic Alteration   
   Appendix 3.1.3 Water Suppliers  
   Appendix 3.1.4 SWSI Water Conservation   
   Appendix 3.1.5 IHA   
   Appendix 3.1.6 Rafting Flows   
   Appendix 3.1.7 RFMOS and Basalt River Master Plan 
   Appendix 3.2.1 Water Quality Data  
   Appendix 3.2.2 Water Quality Trilinear Plots
   Appendix 3.3.1 Instream and Riparian Condition Chart
   Appendix 3.3.2 Roaring Fork PCAS CNHP 2008  
   Appendix 3.3.2 Roaring Fork PCAS CNHP 2008
   Appendix 3.3.2a Data Dictionary for PCA reports  
   Appendix 3.3.3 Background Riparian Information
   Appendix 3.4.1 USFS MIS Data
   Appendix 3.4.2 Background Instream Flow Info
   Appendix 3.5.1 Climate Change Influence on Water Temperature, Stream Flow and Trout
   Appendix 4.1 Open Space Information
   Appendix 4.3.1 BWCD Missouri Heights Ground Water Program Conclusions
   Appendix 4.4.1 Glenwood Springs River Management Plan
   Appendix 4.8.1 Carbondale Municipal Code Relevant to Water Resources

Chapter 7 - Glossary and Acronyms

Chapter 8 - References

Roaring Fork Watershed Plan

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Praise for the State of the Watershed Report

“I wanted to let you know that we believe the Aspen’s investment in the Watershed Report over the last several years will pay us an unexpected dividend. We are in the process of putting together the technical documentation for a FERC license (Castle Creek Hydro) and will be able to use the watershed report as supporting documentation for the application. Thanks to RWAPA and Roaring Fork Conservancy for having the foresight to get this information together in a single place.” Phil Overeynder, Former Public Works Director, City of Aspen

“The State of the Watershed Report is a remarkable step forward for informing land use decisions in Garfield County. Over the course of 2009 and 2010, Garfield County Staff will utilize the findings from the State of the Watershed Report to inform the rewrite of the Land Use Comprehensive Plan of 2000 and subsequently recommend action and policy decisions to appointed and elected officials based on this analysis.” David Pesnichak, Senior Planner - Long-Range, Garfield County 

“The information that has been compiled in the State of the Watershed Report will be very valuable not only in respect to protecting our water quantity and quality but also being aware of things that need to be protected or repaired to insure the success of the entire watershed.” Leroy Duroux, Former Mayor, Basalt 

“Since the State of the Roaring Fork Watershed Report is organized by sub-basins, it can help us direct limited resources toward priority issues. It will be a very useful tool in the creation of the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan that can guide development to be protective of our natural resources.” Ray Merry, Director Environmental Health Department, Eagle County 

“The Watershed Plan is a tremendous accomplishment. It serves as an accurate baseline for where we are today and also serves as a roadmap for protecting our water quality and quantity into the future.” Rachel Richards, Pitkin County Commissioner 

“The City of Aspen is using the results of the Watershed Report as guidance in developing stormwater management policies and projects to prevent, reduce, and mitigate the impacts we have on the Roaring Fork River. For example, by the summer of 2009 we will have new design standards for development that will encourage greener designs and less impervious area and will require on-site removal of sediment from stormwater.” April Barker-Long, Stormwater Manager, City of Aspen 

The State of the Watershed report is a useful reference for Pitkin County staff reviewing land use applications with riparian area and wetland issues – helping to guide the decision-making process with respect to both habitat preservation and restoration." Rose Ann Sullivan, Former Environmental Resources Manager, Pitkin County


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