UWP Board Meetings

Open to Public: Monthly* on 2nd Thursday 4-6 p.m.

UWP Office, 133 N Lena St. #3A, Ridgway, CO

* Please contact UWP to confirm meeting date and time if you plan to attend. Some meetings may be postponed or cancelled based on necessity.

​Three Streams, Three Mines & Many Stakeholders: A Report on 2014-2017 Water Quality Improvement Projects

Thursday, November 8​, 6:30-8 p.m.

Funded by a Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Non-Point Source Grant, the stream quality improvement projects were completed in 2017 next to three legacy mines, Atlas, Vernon and Michael Breen. UWP Technical Advisor Ashley Bembenek will share information about what was accomplished. Refreshments will be available, donated by Safeway. More information


Ouray Ice Park – Uncompahgre River Canyon Cleanup & Picnic

​Saturday, ​September ​15​, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join the Ouray Ice Park and Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership volunteers to pick up litter and debris in the ice climbing areas of the Uncompahgre River Canyon in Ouray. Then, enjoy a picnic and party to celebrate our efforts. More information.

River of Lost Souls Reading

Monday, Aug. ​13, Doors open at 7 p.m. Program at 7:30.

Sherbino Theater, 604 Clinton St., Ridgway

Come meet and ask questions of author Jonathan P. Thompson about the gripping story behind the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that turned the Animas River orange with sludge and toxic metals. Organized in cooperation with the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership and Mountain Independent.

Atlas Mill Remediation Project Community Meeting

Wednesday, July 11, 7-8:30 p.m., Ouray Community Center, 320 Sixth Ave., Ouray

Come to learn and give us your feedback about a project proposed by Ouray Silver Mines to improve stream water quality around the Atlas Mill up Ouray County Road 361 (Camp Bird Road). More info coming soon. Questions? Email uwpcommunications@gmail.com.

11th annual Ridgway RiverFest

Saturday, June 30, 2018 @ 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.,Rollans Park, Ridgway
To find out about the fun, free outdoor festival for the whole family, go to ridgwayriverfest.org

Idarado-Red Mountain Community Update

May 30, 2018 @ 7 – 8:30 p.m., Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Ave., Ouray, CO 81427
For information, go to uncompahgrewatershed.org/event/idarado-community-update

8th annual San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference

Planning for Resiliency,Creede, Colorado, May 2-4, 2018

For information and registration, go to mountainstudies.org/sjmrc

2nd annual Fly Fishing Film Tour & Uncompahgre River Benefit

Brought to the community by ROSS REELS and RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service. A Fun Fundraiser for a project by the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership. Montrose Pavilion,1800 Pavilion Pl., Montrose, CO – Saturday, April 14, 2018 

Snowshoeing in the Red Mountain Mining District

February 10, 2018 – For details and to sign up, go to  http://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/event/snowshoe-tour-to-yankee-girl-mine/

Uncompahgre  River Stakeholders Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m., Ouray Community Center, 320 Sixth Ave., Ouray

More information

Adopt-A-Park Clean Up at Rollans Park, Ridgway

June 3, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 12 noon) Meet at the Rollans Park parking lot with your work gloves. More information.

Telluride Gives Day 12.12.18 @ Your Computer
Dec 12 all-day

On December 12, 2018, the Telluride Foundation and UWP hope that every single citizen will log-on to the telluridegives.org site and contribute. Through this annual online event, donors give directly to something that will make a difference and celebrate the magic of the Telluride region. This is an opportunity for everyone who cares about our San Juan Mountain community to give collectively to nonprofits engaged in protecting and improving our area. We hope to raise the most money yet in 2018! (UWP raised $1,700 last year.)

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership’s goal is to raise $3,820 to go towards our 2019 project of publishing a Watershed Guide to Ouray County, which will provide water quality and supply information sought by residents as well as visitors of our watershed. The estimated cost of publishing the guide is $6,400. We have already raised $2,580 of that amount.

UWP has spent more than five years collecting reports and gathering data about the water quality and environmental conditions in the Uncompahgre River and other water sources throughout Ouray County. Though we have a brief brochure with basic information about the watershed and a comprehensive 100-plus-page watershed plan, we have not had the resources to publish a simple and useful guide to help the public understand where the water sources are for various uses, how different conditions impact water quality, and what that means to users. With this guide, we plan to provide this valuable information with graphics, photos, tables/charts and concise text.