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Middle Colorado Watershed Council                                 (Fall leaves)
E-Newsletter for October 2014

Riparian Restoration Workshop

Interested in learning more about the lush, green strips that border our streams and rivers?  If so, this workshop may be for you. If you are a private land owner, public land manager, or an interested citizen, please consider joining us to learn about:
 
  • Native riparian ecosystems – why are they important and what benefits do they provide to land owners?
  • Russian olives and Salt Cedar (aka Tamarisk) – friends or foes?
  • Other weedy invasives – which ones are important to control?
  • Techniques for managing and maintain healthy, native riparian areas, including a primer on tamarisk beetles, and results from the latest research on Russian olive control.
  • Watershed-scale riparian management, invasives control and restoration work – lessons learned and what’s possible in the Middle Colorado.
 
Location:  BLM Colorado Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, Colorado
Date:  October 20, 2014    
Time:  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Lunch served 11:30 to 12:15 pm.  Optional field workshop beginning at 12:30 pm (limited spaces available for field portion).
Cost: Free
Registration Deadline:   October 15, 2014. Registration required for lunch.
RSVP here; for more information call Laurie Rink at 303-204-4164

This workshop is hosted by the Middle Colorado Watershed Council in partnership with the Tamarisk Coalition, South Side Conservation District, Mount Sopris Conservation District, and Garfield County.
 

Council Awarded Bureau of Reclamation Watershed Grant

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council is pleased to report it is the recipient of a grant from the Bureau of Reclamation in the amount of $98,924 over a period of two years.  From the Bureau's press release.....  

WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that $496,337 in WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program funding will be made available for six groups to establish or expand a watershed group. Those groups are located in California, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico.

"Reclamation is working to reduce conflict in the effective management of the West's water and power resources," Acting Commissioner Pimley said. "Collaborating with locally-led watershed groups is the pathway to improved water quality and ecosystem resilience in these watersheds."

The funds are intended for capacity building purposes and in our case will be used to develop an Organizational Stability Plan, a Public Outreach and Communication Plan, and detailed Restoration Plans for projects identified in the Council's Watershed Plan.
  
 

Drinking Water Well Workshop Follow-Up

The September 3rd private drinking water well workshop attracted a number of well owners curious to learn how to monitor and maintain their drinking water systems to insure safe delivery at the tap.  Paul Rutledge of Sopris Engineering addressed the basics of well construction, siting, and quality influences.  Morgan Hill of Garfield County discussed the what and hows of water quality monitoring along with information on lab testing services.  Perry Cabot, a CSU Extension researcher, walked the participants through the steps of chlorine dosing as an annual maintenance measure.  Copies of all presentations can be accessed here.    

                                        
 

Upcoming Meetings/Events of Interest

The Colorado Bain Roundtable meets next on October 27th 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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