Sustainable Recreation Committee

Newly formed in 2021, this action-oriented group of diverse local and regional volunteers is seeking to maintain and improve safe, responsible and environmentally sensitive recreation along the Uncompahgre River corridor. By collaborating with landowners, stakeholders and policymakers in the Uncompahgre River Watershed, the committee will:
• Foster a strong stewardship ethic among river users by providing educational opportunities on river etiquette, safety and the surrounding environment,
• Identify impediments and opportunities to recreation and public resource access, and
• Collaborate with partners to address these issues.

UWP’s Sustainable Recreation Committee is a founding member of Ouray Recreation and Conservation Alliance (ORCA). You can find out more about this regional partnership and see past meeting minutes and recordings on the ORCA website.

2021 Committee Members:

Dan Chehayl, UWP Committee Coordinator

Scott Williams, UWP Board Member

Tanya Ishikawa, UWP Communications Director

Tim Patterson, RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service

Kestrel Kunz, American Whitewater Southern Rockies Region

Brien Webster, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

Kirstin Copeland, CPW/Ridgway State Park

Bill Dwelley, boater/river landowner

Good Tips for Responsible & Safe River Recreation

Following these tips will ensure your next trip out on the water is as good for you as it is for the waters we love to recreate on. Remember, it’s your world, and it’s up to each of us to look after it.

Check out the article, “Leaving only ripples,” by the Subaru/Leave No Trace Teams. 

Keep Updated on Recreation on the Uncompahgre River

Do you like to fish, raft, kayak and play on local rivers?

Do you care about sustaining recreation opportunities on local rivers, streams and lakes?

Do you want to stay engaged in decisions about sustainable recreation?

Then, please email Tanya to get updates from the Sustainable Recreation Committee: