Arkansas River Basin: Watershed group expands — Leadville Herald-Democrat

From the Leadville Herald-Democrat:

The Lake Fork Watershed Working Group elected to expand the group to focus on a larger geographic area, include additional stakeholders and prioritize additional watershed issues. The decision was made at the group’s Nov. 14 meeting.

The Lake Fork Watershed Working Group was created in 2000 by approximately 30 stakeholders to address water-quality issues associated with historic mining in the Lake Fork Watershed, focusing on the Sugarloaf Mining
District located just southwest of Turquoise Reservoir.

Since the group’s formation, roughly $5 million, largely grant funds, have been spent on projects that have measurably improved water quality in the Lake Fork.

The newly expanded watershed group will focus on the entire headwaters of the Arkansas River upstream of Granite, including the Twin Lakes area. The next steps for the group will be to create a watershed plan document that analyzes watershed issues affecting this area and then prioritize projects that will further improve overall watershed health. The plan will address issues that could impact the watershed, such as forest health, water quality, water quantity, sedimentation and erosion, development, open space, climate, wetlands, riparian, education and recreation.

Citizens or organizations that have an interest in watershed issues or would like further information are encouraged to contact the watershed group by emailing

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