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Middle Colorado Watershed Council                       (Winter Sage Grouse)
E-Newsletter for December 2014

Happy Holidays to our Stakeholders!

May your holiday season be complete with rest, relaxation, and time spent with friends and family.  Perhaps you will find wonder, too, as in the marvelous display of the winter-time male sage grouse (pictured above).  Enjoy the snow and let's hope it keeps flying to insure a bountiful water season for all in 2015. 

Council Pursuing Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Funding for Rifle Creek

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council (MCWC) is working with a variety of stakeholders on plans to improve the quality of waters in the Rifle Creek watershed, including east, middle, and west Rifle Creek and Government Creek.  Studies indicate that the voluntary installation of best management practices could provide a net environmental benefit for water users, downstream fisheries, and wildlife.  If funded, the monies will be used in a cost-share arrangement with participating entities.  For more information on program elements or to partner in the effort, inquire here.

Riparian Restoration Workshop Follow-Up

The MCWC, in partnership with the Tamarisk Coalition, Garfield County, and the South Side and Mount Sopris Conservation Districts, organized a multi-day program for the community to engage around riparian restoration opportunities in the watershed. 

Two Glenwood Springs High School classes were visited by restoration professionals in the classroom to learn about riparian area ecology, function, impacts from invasives, and basic principles of restoration.  This was followed by two afternoons on Mamm Creek trying out the restoration techniques first hand.  Land owners, managers and watershed enthusiasts gathered for a half-day workshop in Silt to exchange information on riparian restoration issues specific to the middle Colorado River and to discussed riparian restoration planning and implementation at a watershed scale. Copies of all workshop presentations can be accessed here.    


Employment with the Council

The Board is currently advertising for a part-time Outreach and Education Coordinator.  It is also exploring the possibility of hiring a full-time Environmental Steward through the AmeriCorps program.  Watch our website for more information.

Upcoming Meetings/Events of Interest

The Colorado Basin Roundtable meets next on January 26th at the Glenwood Springs Community Center from noon to 4:00 PM.  More information on the Roundtable can be accessed here.  For information regarding the Colorado Water Plan - Colorado Basin Implementation Plan, click here.
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