UPCOMING EVENTS

UWP Board Meetings

Open to Public: Every other month* on 2nd Thursday 4-6 p.m.

(Jan. 11, March 14, May 9, July 11, Sept. 12, and Nov. 14)

Working Group Meetings will be held during the other months. UWP’s new Working Groups are: Watershed Work, Financials/Fundraising, Operations, and Education/Outreach. If you are interested in volunteering on a working group, please contact Tanya at tanya@uncompahgrewatershed.org.

* Please contact UWP Board Secretary Taylor Poyner at uwpcoordinator@gmail.com to confirm meeting date and time if you plan to attend. Some meetings may be rescheduled or cancelled based on necessity. 


2024 Events

Ironton Wetlands & Fens Field Trip

Sat., July 27, 9am to noon. More information.

Ridgway River Corridor Field Trip

Thu., Aug. 8, 10am-noon. More Information.

Rollans Park volunteer morning

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2024

Ridgway Reservoir Cleanup

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2024

Ridgway State Park, in collaboration with Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Love Your Gorge

October 12, 2024

Join us at Ouray Ice Park and the Uncompahgre River Gorge in Ouray.


PAST EVENTS

Ridgway RiverFest

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Uncompahgre River Classic

Learn more about our annual peak flow prediction contest

Rocky Mountain Mining & Reclamation Conference

Wed.-Fri., May 22-24, 2024 – Learn more

A Benefit for the Uncompahgre River – Fly Fishing Film Tour

Sat., March 16, Doors open at 5pm. Ouray County 4H Event Center

UWP 10th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:30-8pm. Ouray Community Center. Potluck dinner, slide show, and a special speaker!

Cheatgrass Treatment Workshop

Tue., Nov. 7, 5 to 8:30 p.m.  Ouray County Event Center. Sponsored by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. Hosted by Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership and Shavano Conservation District.

The Next 10 Years of the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed

Tue., Oct. 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Ouray Community Center. Funded by Telluride Foundation and CDPHE Non-Point Source Program.

Love Your Gorge

Saturday, October 14, 2023, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Uncompahgre River Gorge, Ouray Ice Park

Watershed Restoration in the Ironton Park Area

Sat., Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A free guided field trip

Ridgway Reservoir Cleanup at Ridgway State Park

Fri., Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to noon. Hosted by Colorado Parks & Wildlife. 

Water Quality Monitoring in the Upper Unc

Sat., Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A free guided field trip

Watershed Restoration in the Upper Unc

Fri., Sept. 29, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. A free guided field trip

Taking Care of the Uncompahgre River Valley

Wednesday, August 16, 2023, The Forum at Colorado Mesa University Montrose, Community Room

Mine Site Remediation in the Uncompahgre River’s Headwaters

Tuesday, July 18, 2023, Evenings of History at the Wright Opera House

Ridgway RiverFest

Saturday, June 24, 2023, Rollans Park, Ridgway

Taking Care of the Uncompahgre River Valley

Thursday, June 15, Presentation at Montrose Library

Rollans Park Adopt-A-Park Riparian Restoration

Saturday, June 17, Rollans Park, Ridgway

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at Ridgway State Park

Thursday, June 22, Ridgway State Park Swim Beach at Dutch Charlie- CANCELLED

Uncompahgre River Classic

Peak flow contest and river flow awareness campaign

March 1-May 1, 2023

A Benefit for the Uncompahgre River

Int’l Fly Fishing Film Festival, Ouray County 4H Event Center, Ridgway, March 18, 2023

Snow Research Meets Water Resources Operations in the San Juans

Current and Future Collaborations with CSU, Silverton, February 7, 2023

Colorado Gives Day Fundraiser

December 6, 2022

Reconnect & Reboot

A meetup in Ouray organized by the San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference Committee

Sept. 29 & 30, 2022, Wright Opera House, Ouray Hydroelectric Plant, The Western, Red Mountain Pass, Camp Bird Road, Colorado Boy Southwest Pub, Sauvage Spectrum

Guided Snowshoe Exploration of Winter Wildlife 

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022

Guided Snowshoe Tour to Red Mountain Mining District

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022

Jul
27
Sat
2024 Ironton Wetlands and Fens Field Trip
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Guided by Rod Chimner of Michigan Technological University and Jake Kurzweil of Mountain Studies Institute (MSI).

Bus transportation provided from Ridgway and back. $30 per adult or free for each adult who brings a youth (9 to 19 years old). Tour limited to 20 people.

Wetlands are ecosystems where saturated conditions persist enough to support wetland vegetation and soils. Fens are a very special wetland that is groundwater dependent and peat accumulating.  The long duration anaerobic conditions limit the decomposition of plant roots, leaves, and stems and over time this organic matter accumulates to form peat soil, making them the one of the best terrestrial carbon sinks. Fens are a unique and important part of the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed.

An applied ecologist and global peatlands expert, Dr. Chimner feels that experiential learning is crucial. His research focuses on wetland ecosystem science, ecohydrology and wetland restoration. His goal is to develop ecosystem knowledge of wetlands and use that knowledge to: understand how they will be affected by climate change and other perturbations, improve wetlands management and conservation, and restore degraded wetlands.

Dr. Kurzweil serves as associate director of water programs and is an ecohydrologist for MSI. His research focuses on understanding hydrological connections between ecosystems and water supplies. His work has included creating and implementing monitoring protocols for freshwater wetlands and springs, understanding the observed hydrologic response to landscape-scale disturbances, and modeling possible impacts of systems change on hydrologic systems.

What to wear: Clothing layers (temperatures will vary depending on weather, shade, time of day, elevation, etc.), hat and/or sunglasses, hiking boots and if possible waterproof overshoes for areas of wet ground, and sunscreen.

What to bring: Sunscreen, full water bottle, snack, camera or phone camera, and your curiosity!

Questions? Contact Tanya Ishikawa at tanya@uncompahgrewatershed.org.

Sign up: Please email your name(s), phone number, and email address to Tanya to sign up. Please let us know if you are bringing a youth and their age and name. Payment information (for those without a youth partner) will be sent after sign up.

 

Aug
8
Thu
2024 Ridgway River Corridor Field Trip
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Guided by UWP Technical Coordinator Ashley Bembenek and Ridgway Town Manager Preston Neill.

This is a biking tour with stops along the Uncompahgre River and walks at sites. $20 per adult or free for each adult who brings a youth (9 to 19 years old). Tour group limit of 16 people. Meeting spot in Ridgway to be shared in advance of trip.

The Uncompahgre River corridor is a critical wildlife habitat and water resource that traverses Ridgway from south to north. While development, climate, seasonal changes, and other human and natural causes impact the riparian areas and watershed health, UWP and the town are considering ways to protect and restore balance.

UWP Technical Coordinator Ashley Bembenek

 

Ashley Bembenek is the principal scientist and owner of Alpine Environmental Consultants, a firm specializing in watershed planning. She has 13 years of professional experience, with most of her work in western Colorado helping organizations understand water quality and prioritize projects to improve water quality and watershed health.

 

 

Preston Neill has been Ridgway town manager since January 2020. In addition to overseeing the administration of the town and implementation of goals and objectives according to policies determined by the Town Council, his job includes planning related to water projects and resources. He is leading the town’s efforts to become more waterwise.

 

What to wear: Clothing layers (temperatures will vary depending on weather, shade, time of day, elevation, etc.), hat and/or sunglasses, closed-toe shoes appropriate for bike riding, and sunscreen.

What to bring: Bike, bike helmet, unscreen, full water bottle, snack, camera or phone camera, and your curiosity!

Questions? Contact Tanya Ishikawa at tanya@uncompahgrewatershed.org.

Sign up: Please email your name(s), phone number, and email address to Tanya at tanya@uncompahgrewatershed.org to sign up. Please let us know if you are bringing a youth and their age and name. Payment information (for those without a youth partner) will be sent after sign up.