Roaring Fork Conservancy

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Roaring Fork Conservancy is the watershed conservation organization for the Roaring Fork Watershed in west central Colorado, which operates to raise public awareness of the protection of the Roaring Fork Watershed.[1] Roaring Fork Conservancy programs include water quality monitoring, river and water research, land and water conservation, river stewardship, and river and water education for students and adults. Roaring Fork Conservancy works collaboratively with local citizens, governments, agencies and partner organizations to protect rivers and streams of the Roaring Fork Watershed.

Roaring Fork Watershed[edit]

Roaring Fork Conservancy serves the Roaring Fork Watershed, which extends from the river’s headwaters near Independence Pass to its confluence with the Colorado River at Glenwood Springs, 70 miles (110 km) downstream. The river flows through Aspen and is joined further downstream by two major tributaries: the Fryingpan River in Basalt and the Crystal River just downstream of Carbondale. The Roaring Fork Watershed (1,453 square miles) is located in west-central Colorado in Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield, and a small portion of Gunnison counties (see Figure 1.1). It comprises an area of high mountainous terrain and deep intervening valleys, with altitudes ranging from 5,717 feet (1,743 m) to 14,235 feet (4,339 m). The Roaring Fork River is the second largest tributary of the Colorado River in the state, yielding an average of almost 1,000,000 acre feet (1.2 km3) per year.[2]

Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative[edit]

The Roaring Fork Conservancy is a founding member of the Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative Water Committee.[3] The Collaborative is an association of government agencies and non-profits in Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison and Pitkin County that focus on regional issues.


  1. ^ "About Us". Roaring Fork Conservancy. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  2. ^ "The Roaring Fork Watershed". Roaring Fork Conservancy. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  3. ^ "The Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative Water Committee". Retrieved 2008-12-08. 

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