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Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership 2014 Update


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The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership (UWP) is a 501(c)(3) located in Ouray County, Colorado. The group was formed in spring, 2007, when regional groups and concerned citizens applied for a watershed-planning grant. The UWP is a grassroots coalition of citizens, nonprofits, local and regional governments, and federal and state agencies dedicated to understanding, restoring and protecting land and natural resources within the Uncompahgre Watershed.

This Power Point gives an overview of the activities the UWP has been involved in over the past year and what our future projects will be. For more information visit our webpage at

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Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership 2014 Update

  1. 1. Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership We strive for healthy rivers in a thriving community!
  2. 2. Who Are We? 501(C)3 NON-PROFIT WATERSHED GROUP Water Availability Water Quality Consensus Basis Diverse Stakeholders
  3. 3. Who Are We? US Bureau of Reclamation: Sec. 6001 Cooperative Watershed Management Act Watershed group: a self sustaining, cooperative watershed-wide group that: 1. Is comprised of representatives of the affected stakeholders of the relevant watershed 2. Incorporates the perspectives of a diverse array of stakeholders 3. Is a grassroots, non-regulatory entity that addresses water availability and water quality issues within the relevant watershed
  4. 4. Who Are We? 4. Is capable of promoting sustainable use of water resources of the relevant watershed and improving the functioning condition of rivers and streams through: water conservation, improved water quality, ecological resiliency, and the reduction of water conflicts 5. Makes decisions on a consensus basis.
  5. 5. Why Important? • > 80 watershed groups in Colorado • Recognized by state & federal programs to safeguard community’s water through grass-roots initiatives • Gatherers of historic & current water data • Local stewards • Stakeholders: - production agr. - mining - recreation/tourism - municipal & industrial water users
  6. 6. UWP Mission To help protect the economic, natural, and scenic values of the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed. The Partnership works to inform and engage all stakeholders and solicits input from diverse interests to ensure collaborative restoration efforts in the watershed.
  7. 7. Partners LOCAL • City of Ouray • Ouray County Commissioners • Ouray County Weed Control • Ouray County Historical Society • Ouray Library • Ouray School District • Ridgway-Ouray Community Council • Ridgway School District • Town of Ridgway STATE & FEDERAL • CO Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety • CDPHE – Nonpoint Source Program • Colorado River Watch • Colorado Watershed Assembly • Colorado Watershed Conservation Board • Ridgway State Park • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation • U.S. Forest Service • Western Hardrock Watershed Team NON-PROFIT • Black Canyon Regional Land Trust • Friends of the River Uncompahgre • Mountain Studies Institute • Selenium Task Force • Transition OurWay • Trout Unlimited • Trust for Land Restoration PRIVATE • Local business sponsors • Star Mine Operations • Western Stream Works SPECIAL DISTRICTS • CO River Water Conservation District • Gunnison Basin Roundtable • Shavano Conservation District • Tri-County Water Conservancy District
  8. 8. Ken Lipton – Chair Jerry Roberts – Vice Chair Scott Williams – Treasurer Judi Chamberlin – Secretary Anthony Ramsey Bob Larson Dennis Murphy Board of Directors
  9. 9. • US Bureau of Reclamation grant - UWP Expansion & Incorporation • Colorado Water Conservation Board grants - restoration projects - outreach & education • Foundation Grants • Other - donations - local fundraisers - memberships - non-profit organizations - Town of Ridgway UWP Funding
  10. 10. FOCUS ON: Upper Uncompahgre Watershed
  11. 11. UWP Goals Uncompahgre Watershed Plan 1. Improve water quality 2. Improve riverine ecosystems 3. Improve water quantity 4. Improve recreation opportunities 5. Create a stable stakeholder group
  12. 12. Improve Water Quality Michael BreenAtlas Mill River Watch Tire Clean-up
  13. 13. • Promote water conservation • Collaborate with water users & water managers on water conservation strategies • Participate in developing long-term strategies to augment water supplies and flows Improve Water Quantity
  14. 14. Streambank stabilization Weeds Eradication Improve Riverine Functioning River Assessment Rollans Park Stewardship
  15. 15. Crystal Lake Improve Recreation Opportunities Ridgway River Festival
  16. 16. Field Tours Sharing Water Activity Watershed Model Mining Conference Outreach & Education
  17. 17. Upper Uncompahgre Mine Remediation Project
  18. 18. Main Tasks Atlas Mill Michael Breen Mine Vernon Mine Pre & Post sampling Headwaters sampling Outreach 2014 2015 2016 2017 TIMELINE & SITES Atlas Mill Sneffels Cr. Michael Breen Uncompahgre River Vernon Gray Copper Gulch
  19. 19. PARTNERSHIP CLEAN WATER UWP Local Contractors & Land- owners State & Federal Funding Mining Company
  20. 20. PROJECT FUNDING $163,123 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Nonpoint Source Program (pursuant to Section 319(h) of the federal Clean Water Act) $67,884 Water Quality Improvement Fund $361,075 Match and In-Kind $524,200 TOTAL
  21. 21. IMPLEMENTATION - removal of tailings - seeding - streambank stabilization - small wetland creation - 2 interpretive signs installed PARTNERS - DRMS - Star Mine Operations - Western Stream Works - Ouray County Historical Society ATLAS MILL Sneffels Creek 2014
  24. 24. IMPLEMENTATION OUTCOMES - diversion of adit discharge - waste rock removal - hillslope vegetation - improved county road drainage - stabilized loadout structure - interpretive sign PARTNERS - DRMS - Trust for Land Restoration - Ouray County Road & Bridge - Ouray County Historical Society MICHAEL BREEN Uncompahgre River Engineer Pass Rd 2015
  25. 25. VERNON MINE Gray Copper Gulch 2015 IMPLEMENTATION OUTCOMES - diversion of adit discharge - waste rock removal - streambank revegetation PARTNERS - DRMS - Trust for Land Restoration - Private landowner
  26. 26. Please visit our website to join, participate or donate: