Watershed Council Board of Directors
Eagle River Watershed Council brings together water experts, community leaders and river lovers to protect local rivers. Together, we advocate for the Upper Colorado and Eagle River watersheds through research, education and projects.
In 2023, donors like you made it possible for us to:
There's a lot of work ahead -
Rivers are facing challenges like polluted runoff, sedimentation and high water temperatures due to urban development, misuse and climate change. The need is great, and we are committed to coming together to create and implement solutions.
Will you join us to protect local rivers and streams by making a gift right now?
Eagle River Watershed Council strives to protect and enhance the natural, scenic and economic values that our rivers and tributaries provide to the residents, visitors and wildlife of the Eagle River and Colorado River watersheds located in Eagle County.
Your donation will assist us in working toward these goals.
Eagle River Watershed Council advocates for the health of the Upper Colorado and Eagle River watersheds through research, education and projects. The Watershed Council strives to protect and enhance the high-quality natural, scenic and economic values that our rivers and tributaries provide to the citizens, visitors and wildlife of the Eagle River and Colorado River watersheds located in Eagle County.
Eagle River Watershed Council owes its existence to the mining area around and below the present-day ghost town of Gilman and because the Eagle River flows down the canyon just feet away from the mine site.
With the closing of the Eagle Mine in 1984, the mine workings were abandoned and allowed to flood. In short order, the acidic mine water, which contained dissolved zinc, copper, cadmium, and other heavy metals, ran into the Eagle River dying the river orange and resulting in catastrophic fish kills.
In 1985, the State of Colorado filed notice and claims against the former mine owners for natural resource damages through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program. By June of 1986, the 235-acre area was added to the National Priorities List as a Superfund site.
Two years after the Eagle Mine was designated as a Superfund site, a citizens' group called Eagle River Environmental Business Alliance (EREBA) came together to aid with the monitoring effort of the EPA cleanup.
In 1996, the Eagle River Watershed Plan was adopted by Eagle County after a three-year public process made possible by over 100 local citizens working together with municipal and county staff. The Eagle River Watershed Plan recommended that a citizen's group be formed to implement and monitor the Watershed Plan. Thus was born Eagle River Watershed Council.
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Eagle River Watershed Council
2023 Board of Directors
Eagle River Watershed Council
Tax id (EIN)
AddressPO Box 1477
Other461 Railroad Ave Unit C
Eagle County, CO, US