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The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership has just published its annual report for 2015

( click to download it as a pdf UWP2015AnnualReport ) and it makes for some encouraging reading. According to the report by Tanya Ishikawa, the UWP formed in 2007 “to help protect the economic, natural, and scenic values of the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed.”  The Partnership became a non-profit group in 2013 and “works to inform and engage all stakeholders and solicits input from diverse interests to ensure collaborative restoration efforts in the watershed.”

In short these good people have been busy cleaning up old mineral mining tailings and such like in order to reduce heavy metal contamination and thus clean up the river for wildlife and humans to enjoy. Read the report to see how they have successfully remediated spoil from two mines this year, conducted environmental education work with local elementary students and also students from West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science in Grand Rapids, Michigan who volunteered for UWP’s Adopt-A-Park activities for two days in May 2015. Also “three adults and 17 high schoolers helped improve Top of the Pines, Cottonwood Park and Rollans Park, as well as learning about the geology of the area, historic mines and water quality.

The UWP helped coordinate  the San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference and  again hosted the very popular Ridgway Riverfest . It looks a fine place for kayaking!

You can learn more from this report and by visiting the UWP’s website, where its possible to subscribe to automatic updates via their contacts page, see