Your Watershed: How do you enjoy the river?

Once a month, the Post Independent publishes a piece by Annie, our Community Outreach Coordinator. Look for our next article! 

I moved to Garfield County two years ago, and this is the first summer I floated on one of our rivers. After participating in river clean-ups, revegetation efforts, monitoring quality and appreciating the water from afar, I finally experienced what "go with the flow" means. Since my maiden voyage I have been out at least once a week. I am hooked. ... READ MORE at the Post Indpenedent


Your Watershed: Middle CO River: Small part of a bigger Picture

If the State of the River reminded me of one thing, it is that we, as Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River District mentioned during his talk on the Colorado River, "are all in this together."

While I like to think the Middle Colorado River is its own river system, and at times it feels like it is, the river we protect is actually just one piece of a much larger river system that spans most of the American southwest. <READ MORE>

From the Your Watershed Column in the Post Independent. Check it out once a month in the Sunday paper! 

MCWC in the Post Independent

The State of the River generated a lot of good conversations, and press around the Middle Colorado River, here is an expert from Alex Zorn at the Post Independent in Glenwood Springs, from his article "Meeting Focuses on Future of Colorado River":

Participants raised many issues during the Rifle State of the River meeting Thursday. But one generated more conversation than any other: What would happen to local water users if the Colorado River experienced drought conditions?

While reports showed that the snowpack peaked a little early this year and Colorado saw warmer temperatures statewide, there was no indication that a drought was near. Even so, presentations on a Grand Valley water banking experiment and Silt irrigation project show having these conversations now is the best way to prepare for the future.


Rifle State of the River Press Release

Press Release

4/28/2017      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   


Annie Whetzel, MCWC Community Outreach Coordinator, 412-952-3649,

Jim Pokrandt, CRWCD Directory of Community Affairs, 970-945-8522, ext. 236,

Rifle State of the River

6-8pm Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Ute Theater in Rifle, CO

The Colorado River District and the Middle Colorado Watershed Council are pleased to host the Rifle State of the River on May 11th at the Ute Theater. The State of the River is an opportunity for the community to come together and learn more about the Colorado River and provide information for those dependent on the water.

Presentations will include a snowpack and climate report for our region and information about current and expected operations for the regional reservoirs, which greatly affect flows in the Colorado River.

A key presentation will be by Scot Dodero, president of the Silt Water Conservancy District, who will talk about the Silt irrigation project and its challenges. Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River District, will address basin-wide challenges facing the Colorado River and Lake Powell.

An emerging topic of interest to the agricultural community will be the water banking-fallowing experiment being undertaken by the Grand Valley Water Users Association in Mesa County. Water Users president Mark Harris will talk about this experiment to pay producers to not irrigate.

"This annual spring event has become a favorite for water managers and members of the public to talk about the state of the Colorado River and what kind of water year we can expect," explained Laurie Rink, Executive Director of the Middle Colorado Watershed Council.

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council’s mission is:

“To evaluate, protect, and enhance the health of the middle Colorado River watershed through the cooperative effort of watershed stakeholders.”

 Our stretch of the River extends from Glenwood Canyon to De Beque and includes all the streams that flow into the River.

The Colorado River District’s mission is:

 “To lead in the protection, conservation, use, and development of the water resources of the Colorado River basin for the welfare of the District, and to safeguard for Colorado all waters of the Colorado River to which the state is entitled.”

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