Local Agencies Float the Colorado River

Western Slope Now
July 25th, 2017
MESA COUNTY, Colo. - As rivers are an important part of what Colorado has to offer, several agencies came together to share ideas for improving a pair of of Western Slope waterways on Friday. 
Members of One Riverfront, formerly known as the Colorado Riverfront Commission, along with partner agencies and non-profit collaborators floated down the Colorado River Friday morning, to get a first-hand look at conditions in the area.
These partners, including the Tamarisk Coalition, Colorado Canyons Association, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Western Colorado Conservation Corps, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Barons, and Many Rivers Brewing, took off from the Blue Heron Boat Launch, and ended their trek at the Fruita section of James M. Robb Colorado River State Park.
Organizers said this event allows the partners to discuss goals of enhancing riverfront habitat, trails, and experiences along both the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers, all while taking in what mother nature has to offer.
Stacy Beaugh, Co-Chair of One Riverfront and Executive Director of the Tamarisk Coalition, explained, "trail maintenance and ongoing stewardship of the river is one of the big things that we're talking about." Beaugh added, "how to we keep the community engaged and inspire them in why this project is important for them to be apart of."
To help with funding, One Riverfront is asking local businesses to sign up for their new creative program called Round-Up for the Riverfront. This program allows business customers to round up their purchase totals to the nearest dollar, with the extra amount going towards riverfront projects. For any interest in participating, go to riverfrontproject.org/contact-us.

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