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Historic Fryingpan Studies

2008 Seven Castles Creek Debris Flow Study

The Evaluation of the Seven Castles Creek Sediment Inflow on the Fryingpan River was initiated after an August 2007 debris flow on Seven Castles Creek that moved a large amount of sediment into the Fryingpan River. Roaring Fork Conservancy worked collaboratively with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the Town of Basalt, the U.S. Bureau of Reclaimation, Colorado River District, and Eagle County to fund this project. Below is the report and executive summary.

2008 Seven Castles Sediment Inflow on Fryingpan River Report 


2007 Report on BOR's May 2006 Ruedi Reservoir Release

At the request of Basalt citizens, Roaring Fork Conservancy initiated a study of the effects of a 2006 coordinated reservoir release flow on the lower Fryingpan River above Basalt. In the spring of 2006, the Bureau of Reclamation increased flows in the lower Fryingpan River because of above average snow pack and resulting increased run-off. The resultant peak flow of 814 cfs had not been reached for seven years. Since Ruedi Reservoir started filling in May 1968 and diversions from the Upper Fryingpan began in 1972 as part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas (Fry-Ark) Project, the magnitude, timing, and duration of flows have been altered. We looked at maximum flows (one, three, and seven-day) and monthly (May and June) averages to determine how the 2006 flows compared to the historical record and modeled data.

2007 Report on BOR's May 2006 Ruedi Reservoir Release 


Photo credit: Paul Hilts

2002-2006 Studies

2002-2006 Fryingpan/Roaring Fork Rivers Fishery Study

In conjunction with the Fryingpan Valley Economic Study, Roaring Fork Conservancy has completed the two-year Fryingpan/Roaring Fork Rivers Fishery Study under the direction of Bill Miller of Miller Ecological Consultants. The fishery study is geared toward understanding the needs of the trout species that inhabit the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork Rivers. Below is 1) the executive summary of the report, 2) the full final report, 3) a supplemental report summarizing macro-invertebrate and thermograph data from the 2002/2003 winter season, and 4) a literature review tracking research and field studies that have been performed on the Fryingpan and lower Roaring Fork Rivers since 1943.

Summary Report: A Study of Macroinvertebrate Community Resonse to Winter Flows on the Fryingpan River - August 11, 2004   

Summary Report: A Study of Macroinvertebrate Community Response to Winter Flows on the Fryingpan River - September 10, 2006

Fryingpan/Roaring Fork Rivers Fisheries Study Executive Summary - June 30, 2003

Fryingpan/Roaring Fork River Fisheries Study Final Report - June 30, 2003

Fryingpan/Roaring Fork River Supplemental Macroinvertebrate Report - September 24, 2003

Fryingpan/Roaring Fork River Literature Review - February 27, 2002


2002 Fryingpan Valley Economic Study

The Fryingpan Valley Economic Study, which was conducted during 2000 and 2001, represents an in-depth evaluation of recreation activities on the Fryingpan River and at Ruedi Reservoir. The study addresses the economic impacts of these activities to the local and regional economy. It also describes visitor use patterns, demographics, preferences, and opinions

Fryingpan Valley Economic Study Final Report - June 21, 2002

Appendix A: Visitor Use Surveys and Descriptive Statistics

Appendix B: Fryingpan Valley Visitor Comments

Appendix C: IMPLAN Modeling Results

Related Study:

Colorado Division of Wildlife: The Economic Impacts of Hunting, Fishing, and Wildlife Watching in Colorado 2004

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Roaring Fork Conservancy
PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-1290

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

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