Riverstock celebrates conservation of the Fraser, other headwaters rivers
August 7, 2009
Riverstock, in the 40-year anniversary of Woodstock, is a day of fish, peace and music in the beautiful Fraser Valley. This “Aquarian Movement” will center on the conservation efforts to preserve the headwaters of the Colorado River in Grand County. The goal of the event is to educate people to better understand the immediate threats to the headwaters and to activate community members to become part of the solution. President Dwight Eisenhower chose the Fraser River and its tributaries as a preferred location to pursue his favorite recreation, fly-fishing. As Grand County locals know, many years later, the Fraser River was placed on American Rivers Endangered Rivers list. What many Grand County residents may not know is that in September, Denver Water is due to come out with its proposal to withdraw more water from the Fraser River. The Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited is seeking volunteers to be part of a louder voice, and Riverstock is a venue to accomplish this goal while having a party along the Fraser River. Associated with the release of Denver’s draft Environmental Impact Study on the Moffat Firming Project is a brief public comment period. Riverstock is a grass-roots effort – an afternoon of music and education – that will serve to provide to the people of Grand County a better understanding of river issues. At Riverstock, community members may take the chance to sign up to be informed about the public comment period. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the West Slope Organizer for Colorado Trout Unlimited. This new position is created to educate the residents on the Front Range about headwaters issues and to motivate those residents to take part in public-comment processes in defense of Grand County’s waterways.