Donations to the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership during this Telluride Gives Day on Tuesday, Dec. 15 will be more impactful than ever, as 2016 promises to be a significant year for initiating projects to address local river health. With the national attention garnered by the Gold King Mine spill into the Animas River and subsequent community and federal government actions, our Ouray County-based nonprofit is poised to take advantage of the momentum and collaborate on measures to improve water quality in the San Juan Mountains.
In 2015, UWP completed two grant-funded mine remediation projects and began a third project, scheduled for completion in 2016. To follow up on these recent successes and continue to address water contamination from abandoned mines, we will need the support of donations to pay staff for applying for new grants, communicating with government agencies and collecting and sharing data and input from our community partners and stakeholders. Grants rarely cover these types of operating expenses, so donations from individuals, businesses and other organizations are as important as ever.
We are giving away a half-day rafting trip for two people from RIGS Adventure Co., to the person donating the largest amount above $100 on Telluride Gives Day. Special thanks to RIGS for their generosity! The Telluride Foundation will also be matching a percentage of our donations with part of a $15,000 from San Juan Kids Endowment, making your donation go further.
To donate to UWP on Telluride Gives day, go to:
(between 12 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Tue., Dec. 15)