Watershed Health

Watershed Management and Fire Restoration

Following wildfires, ecosystem restoration is critically important for watershed health. Long after the flames are out, land managers and community leaders continue to struggle with the impacts of wildfire on people and ecosystems. Colorado State Forest Service provides extensive research and guidelines for restoration and rehabilitation following a fire.

The Watershed Wildfire Protection Group (WWPG) was formed to identify hazards to water supplies from wildfires in Colorado. The WWPG promotes healthy watersheds by facilitating education and awareness, and facilitating prioritization, implementation and monitoring for people and wildlife.

Water Quality

RiverWatch is a statewide citizen science, volunteer water quality-monitoring network supported by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in partnership with the non-profit Earth Force, capable volunteers and others. This effort to monitor watershed health and utilize this high quality data to make informed decision to preserve and restore the condition of Colorado’s water.

Watershed Planning

The Colorado Department of Public Healthy & Environment (CDPHE) explains the EPA requirements for a watershed project and includes a map of Colorado's Watershed-Based plans. 

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1. Water Quality
2. Water Conservation
3. Watershed Health