Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative

A nonprofit organization

$8,929 raised by 18 donors

100% complete

$1,500 Goal

In the face of increasingly intense wildfires ravaging the Arkansas River Basin and Colorado, the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) emerged as a beacon of hope and action. Our landscapes and communities are at a critical juncture, with fires escalating in frequency and severity, threatening our precious water resources. Now, more than ever, there's a pressing need for robust community and agency partnerships dedicated to mitigating these impacts and preserving the vitality of our watersheds.

ARWC is not just an organization; it's a movement powered by community-driven initiatives for forest health, watershed preservation, and post-fire recovery efforts. As the nonprofit arm of the Arkansas Basin Roundtable, we are at the forefront, uniting water managers, stakeholders, and you - our community - to craft solutions to water-related challenges.

Together, we can protect and rejuvenate the Arkansas River Watershed. Join us in this crucial mission.


Serving Colorado’s Arkansas River basin communities by addressing locally-identified watershed issues for economic, ecological, and social benefit.

Background Statement

A Legacy of Leadership and Local Solutions

Originating from the innovative Colorado Water Plan, ARWC epitomizes a water leadership model that prioritizes diverse, local perspectives. Our collaboration with the Colorado Water Conservation Board underscores our commitment to local watershed coalitions as the most effective means to address and respond to watershed health concerns.

Impact and Reach: From Mountains to Plains

Since becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2017, ARWC has expanded its reach across the 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin. Our initiatives range from forest health and wildfire mitigation to post-fire recovery, stream management, water quality enhancement, and fostering stakeholder engagement. Every square mile, every project, is a testament to our dedication and your support.

Join Us in Making a Difference

Your donation can ignite change and foster resilience in our communities. Together, we can tackle challenges like overstocked forests, escalating wildfires, and water quality issues head-on. Every contribution, large or small, fuels our mission and empowers us to implement effective, community-centric solutions.

Your Support is Our Strength

Donate now to ARWC and be a part of a vital movement. Your generosity is not just a donation; it's an investment in a healthier, safer, and more sustainable future for our communities and the environment.

Organization Data


Organization name

Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Environment, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Public & Societal Benefit

Organization Size

Large Organization


PO BOX 785
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Service areas

Lake County, CO, US

Chaffee County, CO, US

Pueblo, CO, US

Huerfano County, CO, US

Fremont County, CO, US