Middle Colorado Watershed Council

A nonprofit organization

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council aims to protect and enhance the watershed from Glenwood Canyon to De Beque. Our projects include regional citizen science water quality monitoring programs, riparian restoration programs, river clean-ups and community outreach events.


"It has been inspiring to be surrounded by others willing to give themselves purely to protect and improve the Colorado River Watershed." - Dan Ben-Horin, Americorps Environmental Steward for MCWC


The Middle Colorado Watershed Council's mission is to evaluate, protect, and enhance the health of the Middle Colorado River watershed through the cooperative effort of watershed stakeholders.

Background Statement

In September of 2009 twenty-six people representing twenty-three groups were convened by the Colorado River District, Colorado State University Extension, Colorado Watershed Assembly, and the Sonoran Institute to explore opportunities for collaboration in the Middle Colorado River watershed.

The initial stakeholder group identified the benefits of collaboration, issues and concerns, potential activities, and important stakeholders to involve long-term. Volunteers from the Stakeholder Group created a Steering Committee that met for the first time in March of 2010.

Steering committee members set the work plan and direction of the group. In July 2011, the group was notified that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Nonpoint Source Program intended to award a Section 319 watershed planning grant to fund data assessment and watershed planning efforts. A Leadership Committee was formed to develop a Project Implementation Plan (PIP) for the grant which was officially awarded in December 2012.

The Council hired its first coordinator in September of 2012 to oversee the completion of a Watershed Assessment and a Watershed Plan. The Middle Colorado River Surface Water Quality Data Analysis (WQA) was completed in March of 2015, and served to inform the Middle Colorado River Watershed Plan, completed in 2016.

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Middle Colorado Watershed Council

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200 Lion's Park Circle
Rifle, CO, CO 81650

Service areas

Garfield County, CO, US



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