American Rivers named the Upper Colorado River 6th on it’s Most Endangered Rivers Report in 2010. The threat: Water diversion.

“The Upper Colorado River and its tributaries are home to prized trout fisheries, whitewater recreation and wildlife, drawing anglers and paddlers from across the country. However, more than 100 years of water diversions have drained the river to dangerously low levels. If two new major proposed water withdrawal projects move ahead without adequate protections, the river may no longer be able to sustain the values Coloradans prize so highly.  The Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which are currently assessing these projects, should require conservation and efficiency measures before allowing additional water withdrawals.  The regulatory agencies, conservation interests, and people of Colorado must insist that the water projects contain key protections for river health.  With appropriate foresight and consideration for the long-term protection of the river’s health, we can usher in a new era of stewardship and recovery for the Upper Colorado,” the report says.

We at Infinite West believe that this crucial habitat deserves special attention. Through efforts like our Spirit of the Lake Regatta, we are raising funds to help educate people about the critical nature of the Upper Colorado. We who live in communities adjoining the Headwaters of the Upper Colorado River are the stewards of this precious resource.

Additional Resources:

Middle Park Land Trust Fraser River Initiative

Colorado Trout Unlimited: Defend the Upper Colorado

Grand County Water Information Network (GCWIN)

Greater Grand Lake Shoreline Association Water Quality Project

Contact Your County Commissioners

House Bill 13-1044:  Authorization of Graywater Use: 

HB13-1044 Current law is unclear regarding whether, and under what conditions, graywater may be used. Section 1 of the bill declares the importance of water conservation to the economy of Colorado and the well-being of its citizens. Section 2 defines “graywater” as that portion of wastewater that, before being treated or combined with other wastewater, is collected from fixtures within residential, commercial, or industrial buildings or institutional facilities for the purpose of being put to beneficial uses authorized by the water quality control commission (commission) in the department of public health and environment. Sources of graywater may include discharges from bathroom and laundry room sinks, bathtubs, showers, and laundry machines, as well as water from other sources authorized by rules promulgated by the commission. Graywater does not include wastewater from toilets, urinals, kitchen sinks, nonlaundry utility sinks, and dishwashers. Graywater must be collected in a manner that minimizes household wastes, human excreta, animal or vegetable matter, and chemicals that are hazardous or toxic, as determined by the commission. Section 2 also defines “graywater treatment works”.


Infinite West has been partnering with Energy Opportunities of Grand County to increase awareness of energy conservation challenges and solutions for 2 years with a continuing series of speakers and films. To learn more, visit our Speakers Page


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