The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership organizes five volunteers to sample water at six key sites selected in the Upper Uncompahgre Watershed as part of the Colorado River Watch program. The data collected by these volunteers is crucial in understanding water quality in the watershed, and helping to plan restoration projects.
Arlen Huggins is the River Watch liaison to the UWP Board, who helps troubleshoot and report on sampling activities and administration. Our volunteers are: Arlen Huggins, Amy Relnick, John Hulburd, Diane Spooner, and Ronna Edgett-Underwood.
In September 2020, Huggins produced UWP’s first comprehensive report on past River Watch data within the upper watershed. The report can be viewed and downloaded here: 2020 UWP River Watch Report.
Sampling sites are called River Watch stations, and UWP’s is responsible for the following stations, from south to north:
Uncompahgre River at County Road 3
Uncompahgre River near Charles Street in Ridgway
Uncompahgre River at County Road 24 bridge
Uncompahgre River at the Pa-co-chu-puk area of Ridgway State Park
Read about River Watch in the Jan. 2019 article in The Watch newspaper
You can find out information at: https://coloradoriverwatch.org/