Planning For Resilience

Big Thompson River Envisioning Project

Project Description

With flood restoration work nearing completion, it’s time to think about the future of our beautiful watershed. What do we want it to look like twenty years from now? How can we ensure it will meet the long-term needs of our communities, our agricultural producers, and our environment? This new planning project is focused on securring the future health and resilience of our river way and water resources by environmental, agricultural, municipal, and recreational uses of water. 

Get Involved

Are you interested in the future of the Big Thompson river and its water resources?

There are 3 easy ways to participate:

1) Join an online discussion 

2) Take an online mapping survey 

3) Call our staff to discuss your thoughts and preferences

Scroll down for information and links

3 easy ways to participate in this project:

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Take an online survey https://app.maptionnaire.com/en/8324/

This interactive mapping survey should take approximately 15 minutes. Answers will remain confidential and you are welcome to take the survey twice to represent both your personal interests and those of a larger group, organization, or sector.  

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Contact our staff directly for more in depth discussion on your needs and interests for the river. Complete a contact form at the bottom of this page, email info@bigthompson.co, or call BTWC Director, Courtney Gutman, at (970) 699-2906. 

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Join an interactive online meeting with focused topics for select water-interest groups. Join by computer to watch the presentation and enjoy a more interactive experience.  

Riverside Landowners

Join any of these 3 meetings:

Monday, July 20th, 2020, 5:30-7 pm MST

Join by computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84897536447

Or join by phone: +1 346 248 7799 Meeting ID: 848 9753 6447

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020, 9-10:30 am MST

Join by computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83784386797

Or join by phone: +1 346 248 7799, Meeting ID: 837 8438 6797

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020, 4:30-6 pm MST

Join by computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84946720056

Or join by phone: +1 346 248 7799, Meeting ID: 849 4672 0056

Plant Nurseries

 Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020, 10-11 am MST

 Join by computer:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89990030888

Or join by phone: +1 346 248 7799, Meeting ID:899 9003 0888

Environmental Planning

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020, 10-11 am MST

Join by computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87982543639

Or join by phone: +1 346 248 7799, Meeting ID:879 8254 3639

Beverage and Brewing Industry

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020, 10-11 am MST

Join by computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87111469269

Or join by phone: +1 346 248 7799, Meeting ID: 871 1146 9269

Tourism & Recreation

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020, 1-2 pm MST

 Join by computer:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83499591775

Or join by phone: +1 346 248 7799 Meeting ID: 834 9959 1775

Real Estates & Development

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, 1-2 pm MST

 Join by computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83330808611

Or join by phone: +1 346 248 7799, Meeting ID: 833 3080 8611

What questions are we trying to answer?

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How will river flows change in the future, and if so, what are the impacts and are there solutions to balance the needs of communities, agriculture and the environment?

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How can we best address water quality issues such as elevated selenium levels, water temperature and sediment?

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With continued population growth and development pressures, how can the Big Thompson River serve as both an oasis for fish and wildlife and a resource for the public to enjoy?

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With continued population growth and development pressures, how can the Big Thompson River serve as both an oasis for fish and wildlife and a resource for the public to enjoy?

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Which reaches of the river corridor are impacted by aesthetic, health and safety issues, and how might these reaches be improved and turned into amenities?

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Can we enhance the fishery and aesthetics to improve experiences at public recreational areas?
What sources of data are available from state, county and federal agencies, and what information gaps need to be filled to identify future river corridor projects?

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How can the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition best serve as a central information hub
that informs stakeholders interested in the health and vitality of the Big Thompson River?

Project Funders

  • Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • South Platte Basin Round Table
  • Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District
  • City of Loveland
  • City of Greeley
  • Larimer County
  • New Belgium Family Foundation
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