Roaring Fork Conservancy's sound scientific research has helped inform dozens of important decisions on water in the Roaring Fork Watershed. Since the time of our first report issued in 2001, we have authored or commissioned a dozen scientific and economic studies of stormwater, fisheries, streamflows, water quality, aquatic insects, and sediment loading. In 2008, after two years of work, Roaring Fork Conservancy compiled a comprehensive 500+ page State of the Roaring Fork Watershed Report. Each report has proven invaluable for local elected officials and regulatory authorities as they make decisions on how to best manage our water resources.
Some research highlights include:
- Roaring Fork Watershed Water Quality Report published every five years. The next report is due out in 2011.
- Stormwater assessment studies for Basalt and Glenwood Springs and assistance with Aspen's assessment in 2007.
- Economic and fisheries studies on the Fryingpan which show recreation on the Fryingpan River contributes $4 million annually to the local economy.
- A comprehensive Stream Flow Survey of flow alterations to Roaring Fork Watershed streams.
- A comprehensive State of the Watershed Report summarizing all research and reports on water resources in the watershed and identifying data gaps.
All research and reports are posted on our Publications page.