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 protecting healthy riparian ecosystems by balancing environmental, agricultural, municipal, and recreational uses of water. Through funding provided by Colorado Water Conservation Board and other partner contributions, the BTWC will lead a stream management planning project to work with stakeholders to define river goals, assess current conditions and identify strategies and projects to meet those goals. The project will focus on approximately 15 miles of river from the Big Thompson Canyon Mouth to I-25 and will build on prior planning efforts.

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We are currently forming a Stakeholder Advisory Committee to help guide this planning project. We encourage riverside landowners, irrigators, environmental organizations, recreation and tourism businesses, water users, local government agencies, citizens and others with an interest in the future of the Big Thompson Watershed to participate. Interested in joining the Advisory Group? Please contact BWTC staff.

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?

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