Vail Daily letter: Water plan moves forward |

Vail Daily letter: Water plan moves forward

In light of the Gore Creek Strategic Action Plan passing on Tuesday night at the Vail Town Council meeting, Eagle River Watershed Council would like to congratulate and thank all parties involved for working together to come up with a plan to improve one of our beloved waterways here in Eagle County. In particular, the Watershed Council would like to highlight the efforts of the town of Vail. The collaborative process for which we all have worked through has resulted in a plan that addresses a variety of concerns and issues surrounding Gore Creek.

The Water Quality Improvement Plan was used to identify stream impairments as well as the causes of impairments on Gore Creek and was the foundation for the Gore Creek Strategic Action Plan. The Watershed Council enjoyed working with the other stakeholders in determining the feasibility and community values associated with the plan and helping the town of Vail recognize the need for immediate action and ways to address the causes of Gore Creek’s impairments.

The Watershed Council is now looking forward to helping the town of Vail and the community with implementation of the plan. The first of many Gore Creek projects we will be working on is a riparian enhancement project on the west side of the Lionshead skiers’ bridge. This project will include improving stream access, stabilizing an eroding stream bank, reducing runoff, and creating an educational opportunity on stream health for residents and visitors alike. In addition, the Watershed Council will also continue to track the stream’s health through our ongoing, valley-wide water quality monitoring efforts. With the success of this project and other projects along Gore Creek, the Watershed Council is already working on similar river improvement plans downstream. In fact, a plan for the Eagle-Vail commercial corridor is currently underway and expected to be completed by this fall.

It is through community support and a love of Gore Creek that this project will succeed. There will be many volunteer opportunities as the plan and its many projects are implemented. If you are interested in lending a hand and a few hours of your time, then please contact Eagle River Watershed Council at 970-827-5406.

Brooke Ranney

Projects and events coordinator

Eagle River Watershed Council

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