Natural Resource priority: Watershed vitality, stream health, and water quality

Why is this a concern and what is the location: Watersheds across the District are impaired due to poor forest health, wildland fire, urban development and other causes.

Three Year Goal(s): Implement forestry projects, promote public understanding of forest management and watershed health, cooperate and partner with communities on watershed protection initiatives, and ensure that District forestry projects set a good example on protection of streams and watersheds in disturbed areas.

2018

  • Develop forestry projects to improve watershed vitality
  • Implement landscape level forestry projects with potential for positive long term water quality impacts
  • Distribute science-based educational material on watershed vitality to the community.
  • Work with Bear Creek Watershed Association and other similar associations on TMDL development and 303d impaired water body list
  • Review and comment on proposed developments for watershed water quality impacts.
  • Internalize stormwater best management practices into District forestry projects to protect riparian zones.

2019

  • Apply for at least three forestry grants with documented impacts to watershed
  • Expand acreage of landscape level forestry projects with potential for long term positive water quality enhancement
  • Distribute science-based educational material to elected officials, decision makers, general public, school groups, social media, and website
  • Work with local organizations and governments to incorporate watershed health initiatives
  • Provide input to planning agencies on potential watershed water quality impacts from proposed developments.
  • Incorporate stormwater best management practices and evaluation into road, landing, and timber stand designs

2020

  • Apply for at least three forestry grants with potential for long-term positive impacts to watershed
  • Implement landscape level forestry projects on at least 300 acres
  • Distribute science-based educational material to elected officials, decision makers, general public, school groups, social media, and website
  • Work with local organizations and governments to incorporate watershed health initiatives
  • Provide input to planning agencies on potential watershed water quality impacts from proposed developments.
  • Incorporate stormwater best management practices and evaluation into road, landing, and timber stand designs

* TMDL Total Maximum Daily Load; CGS Colorado Geological Survey; NRCS Natural resources Conservation Service; CDPHE Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment