Stream Management Planning in Colorado

In 2016, the State of Colorado adopted Colorado’s Water Plan. It sets forth a water management roadmap to achieve a productive economy, vibrant and sustainable cities, productive agriculture, a strong environment, and a robust recreation industry. Specific to protecting and enhancing stream flows, the plan calls for creation of Stream Management Plans for locally prioritized rivers. This goal builds upon years of conversation, research and some action to develop data-driven water management and physical project recommendations to protect or enhance environmental and recreational values on streams and rivers.  River Network is supporting these through education and direct assistance.  Learn how River Network can help your community and apply for assistance by April 15, 2018.

A well-developed Stream Management Plan uses biological, hydrological, geomorphological and other data to assess the flows or other physical conditions that are needed to support collaboratively identified environmental and/or recreational values. It uses this assessment to identify and prioritize management actions to maintain or improve flow regimes and other physical conditions at a reach scale.

In 2017, the State of Colorado allocated $5 million to a grant program to develop projects and plans that protect or restore watershed health and stream function. This funding has kick-started local interest across Colorado to develop Stream Management Plans.

Stream management planning process has brought together communities like this one in Grand County, where ranchers and conservationists are working together to promote healthier rivers to support multiple economic drivers including agriculture and recreation.

Read the full story behind ‘A River’s Reckoning’ and more about Stream Management Planning. For further information on Stream Management Plans, contact River Network’s Nicole Seltzer , TU’s Richard Van Gytenbeek, , or American Rivers’ Matt Rice