On the River: Conservancy floating again | AspenTimes.com

On the River: Conservancy floating again

GLENWOOD SPRINGS The success of the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s annual float trip on the Roaring Fork River has spawned a new program designed to educate people while they are on the water.The conservancy is offering naturalist-led float trips on the next three Thursdays, June 28, and July 5 and 12. The Basalt-based nonprofit is teaming with Whitewater Rafting on the project.The trips are geared toward individuals and families with kids ages 8 and older. The cost is $47 for adults and $35 for youth.Chad Rudow, water quality coordinator for the Conservancy, will guide the trips. He said he will discuss topics such as wildlife habitat in riparian areas and human impacts on water during the float trips on the lower Roaring Fork River from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs. The trips last from 4-7 p.m.Only one raft will be available for this new program, at least at first, so there is space for eight to 10 people. R.S.V.P. by calling Whitewater Rafting at 945-8477.Participants must check in at Whitewater Rafting in Glenwood Springs at 3:15 p.m. on the days of the floats.The group has hosted a free annual float on the lower Fork for several years. The annual event attracts about 150 people, and this year’s float in early June was no exception. It required 12 rafts and guides.If this new program follows suit and proves successful, it could expand, Rudow said.The conservancy is a 10-year-old organization dedicated to conserving the Roaring Fork watershed.

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