by Edy Reckmeyer, University of Denver student
In the Roaring Fork Watershed many impactful variables are shifting.
As a final project to a class that focused on Colorado’s rivers each student was to choose a specific watershed in Colorado and research important issues within said watershed. Focusing in on the Roaring Fork Watershed I quickly noticed that many of the issues occurring with the riparian habitat of the Roaring Fork Watershed are a result of the decreasing water levels. A variety of variables contribute to this decreasing water source and it is my hope that more people become aware of this important issue.
By Katia Meyer, 2018 Youth Water Leadership Program Intern
I spent last summer working at a summer camp in Connecticut, where I experienced weekly thunderstorms that filled the nearby river so high that it often overflowed as it made its way towards the lake. This could not have been more different from what many people experienced this past summer with the Lake Christine Fire and drought induced water restrictions. When I returned to Colorado and heard these stories from my friends and neighbors, I was reminded of what a precious resource water is. I became curious as to whether or not water restrictions were an effective tool for mitigating the impact of drought on residents and the surrounding ecosystems, and this became the focus of my research project for the 2018 Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit. My main focus was identifying the differences in how each local town or city handles water restrictions. I was also curious about how residents view water restrictions and whether they adhere to them, and well as their general level of understanding of our watershed, the Colorado River Compact, and the effects of drought. To do this, I interviewed at least one water manager or similar person from Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs. I learned a lot about water restrictions, and I hope this information can help both water leaders and residents gain some new insight.
Thank to Rios to Rivers for cover photo by Weston Boyles