UPCOMING EVENTS

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. 


2021 EVENTS

Meet Your Watershed: Water Quality Monitoring & Remediation

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

Uncompahgre River Cleanup, south Montrose

Sat., May 15, 9 – 11 a.m. 

Join a grassroots citizens group on Colorado Public Lands Day to clean alongside the Uncompahgre River, meeting at the south end of Montrose, near the dead on Ogden Street (past Home Depot). Email for information to 515rivercleanup@gmail.com. Pre-registration is not required.

Ouray County Weed Pull at Rollans Park

Sat., May 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Join the Ouray County Vegetation Department and UWP on the banks of the Uncompahgre River at Rollans Park in Ridgway to remove invasive plants that are crowding out native species. We will also be picking up litter and branches, to get the park ready for the summer crowds. To sign up, email Julie at jkolb@ouraycountyco.gov.

Meet Your Watershed: Water Infrastructure

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

(click on link above for information and registration)

Meet Your Watershed: Irrigation Efficiency Field Trip

date and time TBD 

Meet Your Watershed: Drinking Water 

Wed., June 23, 5-6 p.m. 

Meet Your Watershed: Water Scarcity 

Wed., July 28, 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

Thu.-Fri., Sept. 23-24, 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.


PAST EVENTS

2020 San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference

Globally Online, Sept. 21-23, 2020

Theme: Adaptive Capacity in Uncertain Times. For information, go to mountainstudies.org/sjmrc

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

San Juan Mountains Wildflower Walk

guided by wildflower guidebook author Mary Menz

Ridgway RiverFest

CANCELLED in 2020: See you in 2021! @ Rollans Park, Ridgway
To find out about the fun, free outdoor festival for the whole family, go to ridgwayriverfest.org

Adopt-A-Park Tree Planting & Clean Up at Rollans Park, Ridgway

Saturdays, May 30 & June 13, 2020 @ 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Join UWP for a volunteer work morning at Rollans Park, picking up litter and branches, to make it a great place to visit.

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.

May
22
Sat
Rollans Park Weed Pull & Cleanup @ Rollans Park
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rollans Park Weed Pull & Cleanup @ Rollans Park

Join the Ouray County Vegetation Management team to remove invasive plants at Rollans Park on the banks of the Uncompahgre River in Ridgway. We will be digging up and pulling noxious weeds, picking up litter and branches, and tidying up the park so beneficial plants and wildlife can thrive.

Part of UWP’s commitment to Rollans Park through the the Adopt-a-Park Program, our nonprofit adopted this important park that protects and provides access to the Uncompahgre River. Volunteers are needed for two to three hours.

Who can come: everyone of all ages, as long as parents accompany children; we are limiting the volunteer number to 9 people to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We ask that all volunteers wear masks at the start when we discuss tasks for the day. Then, while working, we can separate into smaller groups and stay 6 feet away from each other so we can take off our masks. We encourage family members to join us so you can volunteer together.

What to bring: sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, work gloves, and appropriate clothing to keep you comfy and happy while you work on the riverbanks and in the park (even in the rain if weather turns wet); if you have them, shovels, rakes and clippers (please label with your name); friends and kids, but please leave your furry friends at home; depending on public health orders at that time, we may ask you to wear a mask as well.

What we’ll bring: snacks, drinking water and a few small gifts

Register: Please sign up so we can keep track of volunteer numbers, by sending your name(s), phone number and email address to Julie at jkolb@ouraycountyco.gov. You can also send questions to Tanya at uwpcommunications@gmail.com.

May
26
Wed
Meet Your Watershed @ Dennis Weaver Park
May 26 @ 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

Field Trip: Irrigation Efficiency, tentatively planned for Sat., June 19

More details and guest speakers coming soon.

 

* UWP will be following local public health guidelines during these events to ensure everyone’s safety. While Ouray County is currently at the blue level of public health restrictions, large gathering are allowed outdoors. Still, UWP will be asking participants to wear masks, and will be limiting the overall attendance as well as individual group sizes spread around the park for the different presentations. We may be dropping the mask requirement at some point in the summer during the series if the UWP Board and local officials support that change.

**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/.

Jun
23
Wed
Meet Your Watershed @ Dennis Weaver Park
Jun 23 @ 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

Field Trip: Irrigation Efficiency, tentatively planned for Sat., June 19

More details and guest speakers coming soon.

 

* UWP will be following local public health guidelines during these events to ensure everyone’s safety. While Ouray County is currently at the blue level of public health restrictions, large gathering are allowed outdoors. Still, UWP will be asking participants to wear masks, and will be limiting the overall attendance as well as individual group sizes spread around the park for the different presentations. We may be dropping the mask requirement at some point in the summer during the series if the UWP Board and local officials support that change.

**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/.

Jul
28
Wed
Meet Your Watershed @ Dennis Weaver Park
Jul 28 @ 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

Field Trip: Irrigation Efficiency, tentatively planned for Sat., June 19

More details and guest speakers coming soon.

 

* UWP will be following local public health guidelines during these events to ensure everyone’s safety. While Ouray County is currently at the blue level of public health restrictions, large gathering are allowed outdoors. Still, UWP will be asking participants to wear masks, and will be limiting the overall attendance as well as individual group sizes spread around the park for the different presentations. We may be dropping the mask requirement at some point in the summer during the series if the UWP Board and local officials support that change.

**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/.