UWP Board Meetings

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

Meetings on Zoom until further notice

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


Meet Your Watershed: The Future of Water

Wed., Aug. 25, 5-6 p.m.

Annual Ridgway RiverFest

Sat. August 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Love Your Gorge

​Sat., ​September 18​, 2021, Uncompahgre River Gorge

Volunteer work day and picnic with the Ouray Ice Park and Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership

San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference

Wed.-Fri., Sept. 22-24, Telluride, Colo.

For information, go to mountainstudies.org/sjmrc

Unc River Cleanup at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk

October,  Date & Time announced this summer!

Cleanup at Ridgway State Park.



Meet Your Watershed: Water Scarcity 

Wed., July 28, 5-6 p.m. 

Guided Wildflower Walk from Atlas Mill to Twin Falls

Sat., July 17, 9 a.m.-Noon
More information: https://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/event/guided-wildflower-walk-2021

Meet Your Watershed: Drinking Water 

Wed., June 23, 5-6 p.m. 

Meet Your Watershed: Water Infrastructure & Managed Use

Wed., May 26, 5-6 p.m.

(click on link above for information and registration)

Ouray County Weed Pull at Rollans Park

Sat., May 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Uncompahgre River Cleanup, south Montrose

Sat., May 15, 9 – 11 a.m. 

Meet Your Watershed: Water Quality Monitoring & Remediation

Wed., April 28, 5-6 p.m. (click on link above for information and registration)

Fly Fishing Film Tour – 2020 Digital Event

Thursday, Aug. 27 – Wednesday, Sept. 2

Information & Tickets: https://flyfilmtour.myeventscenter.com/event/Colorado-Ridgway-2020-F3t-Digital-Event-Fundraider-38565

Winter Wildlife Tour at Brown Mountain

March 7, 2020, Red Mountain Pass

A guided tour by cross country skis (or snowshoes) to learn about winter wildlife in the watershed, led by Steve Boyles.

Snowshoeing in the Red Mountain Mining District

February 22, 2020, Red Mountain Pass

A guided tour to Yankee Girl Mine and nearby ghost towns, led by the Ouray County Historical Society.

Meet Your Watershed @ Dennis Weaver Park
Aug 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

An Open-Air Series of Conversations about the Upper Uncompahgre Watershed

Everyone, 8 years old to 108 years old, is invited to attend one or more of the series events. You don’t have to come to every event but you are welcome to! The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership has scheduled three to five water-related professionals to discuss their organizations’ roles in the watershed, especially in the Ouray County area. Join us outdoors for fresh air and conversation to help you better understand the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed.

Location: Dennis Weaver Park, Ridgway, Colorado (unless bad weather; more information about bad weather location – also in Ridgway – will be sent to all registrants)

Schedule: Wednesdays, 5-6pm, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28 and plus one Saturday field trip

Registration: Free. Register at https://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/meet-your-watershed/.

Funded by a Non-Point Source Mini Grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

1st Session: Water quality monitoring and remediation, Wed., April 28

SWEAP** Critical Water Concept: The quality and quantity of water, and the timing of its availability, are all directly impacted by human actions and natural events.

Guest speakers: Arlen Huggins of the Colorado River Watch Program, Jeff Litteral of Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety, Tanner Banks of Trout Unlimited, and a representative from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

2nd Session: Water infrastructure and managed water use, Wed., May 26

SWEAP Critical Water Concept: Water cycles naturally through Colorado’s watersheds, often intercepted and manipulated through an extensive infrastructure system built by people.

The quality and quantity of water, and the timing of its availability, are all directly impacted by human actions and natural events.

Guest speakers: Benjamin Wilson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, Ryan Christiansen of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Kestrel Kunz of American Whitewater, and one more speaker

3rd Session: Drinking Water & Wastewater, Wed., June 23

SWEAP Critical Water Concept: Water is essential for life, our economy, and a key component of healthy ecosystems.

Guest speakers: Mike Berry of Tri-County Water Conservancy District, Joe Coleman of Ouray City Public Works, Chris Bolane of Ridgway Town Public Works, and a representative from Dallas Creek Water Co. or Ouray County government

4th Session: Water Scarcity, Wed., July 28

SWEAP Critical Water Concept: Water is a scarce resource, limited and variable. Water is a public resource governed by water law.

Guest speakers: Marti Whitmore of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable and Colorado River District, Katie Birch of Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Ken Leib of the U.S. Geological Survey, and representatives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

5th Session: The Future of Water, Wed., Aug. 25*

More details and guest speakers coming soon.


* The Agricultural Efficiency Field Trips have been postponed until the fall. Stay tuned for more details.

**SWEAP is Colorado’s Statewide Water Education Action Plan, a common agenda for water education’s role in achieving sustainable water for Colorado by 2050. Find out more at: https://www.watereducationcolorado.org/sweap/.

Ridgway RiverFest 2021 @ Rollans Park
Aug 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
4th annual Love Your Gorge volunteer day @ Ouray Ice Park
Sep 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Join organizers from the Ouray Ice Park and Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership to help restore the natural resources in the Uncompahgre River Gorge. Historic use by the early settlers left mining, railroad and other industrial debris, while more recent gorge visitors left construction debris scattered around.

After the cleanup, join us for lunch and a tour of the park. This event is partially funded by the Frank L. Massard Trust, and affiliated with American Rivers National River Cleanup and Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup.

You’ll want to join us this year – we’re a fun group! Please wear layers as the morning and shadowy canyon (all day) can be cold but the sun is intense. Wear sturdy shoes (hiking boots would be great), sunscreen, gloves, and a hat and/or sunglasses.

Minors (12 and up) are welcome and encouraged to join our event, but must be accompanied by an adult or provide a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.