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Roaring Fork Conservancy is the watershed action and education organization for the Roaring Fork Watershed that brings people together to protect our rivers. 

We focus on:  
Water Quantity  |  Water Quality  |  Riparian Habitat Protection

Our NEW website is currently under construction.
Can't find something? Please call (970) 927-1290.

Fryingpan Fishing Brings $3.8 Million Annually to Local Economy

What is the local economic impact of fishing on the Fryingpan River? RFC partnered with CSU to analyze the direct and spin-off economic activity created from recreational fishing on the Lower Fryingpan River and Ruedi Reservoir.

The study revealed some of the following: 

  • The economic impact of fishing on the Lower Fryingpan River is $3.8 million annually.
  • The combined impact of recreational fishing on both the Lower Fryingpan River and Ruedi Reservoir is nearly $4 million dollars.
  • Total angling expenditures for the year on the Lower Fryingpan River were $3.3 million, with almost half of the expenditures coming in June, July, and August.
  • Recreational fishing on the Lower Fryingpan River contributes 38.3 jobs to the region. 

The entire report can be read here.

Questions about this study? Please contact Heather Lewin, Watershed Action Director, at (970) 927-1290.




Welcome New Staff and Interns!

We are thrilled to welcome four new members and one returnee to the RFC Team!  

Liza Mitchell, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Austin Owen, Special Events Intern (5th year)
Sheryl Sabandal, Development Associate/Office Manager
Michael Schuster, Program Assistant
Carlson Schwoerer, Watershed Action Intern

Please visit RFC's About Us page to learn more about them and the incredible experience they bring to RFC and the entire Roaring Fork Valley.


Register Today for Upcoming Watershed Explorations!

Roaring Fork Conservancy is offering fun (and most are free!) Watershed Explorations throughout the summer. 

Some of our upcoming programs include:  

June 29, July 13, 21, 23- Family Filoha Fireflies, Bats and Bugs
July 1, 7, 9, 22 - Filoha Meadows Firefly & Rare Orchid Walk
July 29 The Holden Works Tour: Water, Salt, and a Thirst for Riches
July 31 - Twin Lakes Tunnel & Diversion Tour

Register today at



Cattle Creek Stream Health Evaluation - Garfield County Funds Water Quality Study

Roaring Fork Conservancy is embarking on a multi-year study to gain a better understanding of water quality issues on Cattle Creek. RFC will sample 7 sites along the Creek for water quality constituents and macroinvertebrates this summer and fall. This data, along with land use analysis, will be used to recommend best management practices and inform stakeholders including landowners, water rights holders, county officials and state regulators

In May of 2015, KDNK interviewed Heather Lewin, Watershed Action Director at RFC, about this study. You can listen here.


For more information about this study please contact Heather at






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