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Water Quality

Roaring Fork Valley residents are lucky to live in an area that is dominated by high water quality. To ensure that it stays that way, and to locate the areas that need our help, Roaring Fork Conservancy is performing water quality testing and analysis throughout the watershed. Currently, sampling is conducted on a periodic basis at 30 sites around the watershed including numerous sites along the Roaring Fork as well as many of its tributaries.

Working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife's River Watch Program, Roaring Fork Conservancy's staff, Stream Team volunteers, and student-collected data contributes to a state-wide water quality database. With this information, coordinated management practices are implemented and specific water quality concerns are addressed. Using this data, Roaring Fork Conservancy published the first State of the River Report in 2001 summarizing water quality around the watershed. A second report, the 2006 Water Quality Report, looked at the previous five years worth of data and identified areas of concern, including Cattle, Brush, and Fourmile Creeks, and the lower Crystal River.



To learn more, become involved in Roaring Fork Conservancy's Water Quality Monitoring Program, or report a water quality concern, please contact Chad Rudow, Water Quality Program Manager, at (970) 927-1290.

2011 Macroinvertebrate Study Video

Roaring Fork Conservancy conducted a sample of aquatic macroinvertebrates (such as mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies) in the fall of 2011 fall as part of our water quality monitoring program. The study helped us determine the health of 17 stretches of rivers and streams throughout the Roaring Fork Watershed. Chad Rudow, Water Quality Coordinator, talks about the sampling stream-side.


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Roaring Fork Conservancy

PHONE: (970) 927-1290

PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621

22800 Two Rivers Road
Basalt, CO 81621

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