Conservancy offers river programs |

Conservancy offers river programs

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” Ever wonder how water happens to come out of your tap, and where it goes after it disappears down the drain?

The Basalt-based Roaring Fork Conservancy will hold upcoming tours of both the Basalt and Carbondale municipal water facilities as part of its ongoing schedule of conservation-oriented programs.

From the Source to You: Basalt Water Tour will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 20. Participants will tour the town’s water facilities with the people who run them.

A similar tour will take place in Carbondale from 5-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17.

The conservancy will offer the public a chance to see inside the dam at Ruedi Reservoir from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 1. Participants will learn about transmountain diversions and the operation of Ruedi from Kara Lamb of the Bureau of Reclamation, Mark Fuller of the Ruedi Water and Power Authority and Sarah Johnson of the Roaring Fork Conservancy.

Also this fall, the conservancy will offer a couple of opportunities to study birds in a riparian setting:

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Riparian Birding at Cattle Creek Easement is scheduled from 7-8 a.m. on Sept. 10. Local bird experts will lead an early morning birding session.

Riparian Birding at Blue Creek, near Carbondale, is scheduled from 7-8 a.m. on Oct. 8.

Finally, the conservation will offer an autumn outing at Filoha Meadows in the Crystal River Valley, giving participants a chance to enjoy the fall colors and listen for bugling elk. The group will explore the scenic meadows with conservancy staffers.

Roaring Fork Conservancy programs focus on watershed conservation and preserving riparian habitat. The programs are free, but space in each of them is limited and they tend to fill up in advance. Visit the Web at for more information on the programs ” and to sign up.