2% for Rivers seeks a new Manager!

2% for Rivers seeks a volunteer Manager! Check out the details below to find out if the position is right for you. Applications will be accepted until July 30, 2017. 

Opportunity: Manager
2% for Rivers seeks an organized, motivated volunteer who cares about river conservation and is excited about being part of a new, innovative nonprofit. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to be part of the river conservation nonprofit community!   

Who we are, what we do
The owners of Good River Beer, a Denver brewery, officially launched 2% for Rivers on May 11, 2017, but the nonprofit has a longer history than that. When Good River Beer’s founders formed the brewery in April, 2015, they dedicated themselves to donating two percent of the brewery’s gross revenue to river conservation from Day 1. They made this commitment because they have paddled their kayaks thousands of miles on rivers, fished on the banks of countless streams, and hiked along and over even more. They love rivers and want to protect them so that everyone will have the same wonderful experiences they did.    

As Good River Beer grew, it became clear that a separate nonprofit was necessary to handle the charitable mission of the company. 2% for Rivers was created to inspire collaboration between businesses, individuals and non profits. Our mission is to protect clean, healthy river ecosystems and promote responsible recreation access. Our impact comes from directing dollars from Good River Beer - and our partners at other businesses - to organizations that protect and conserve rivers.

Responsibilities of 2% for Rivers’ Manager
The Manager position is limited in scope, so that a volunteer can fill the role while remaining in other full-time employment. For a few hours each week, the Manager will:

  • Maintain records,
  • Timely file required documents with state and federal governments,
  • Ensure compliance with bylaws,
  • Field inquiries and direct them to the appropriate member of the Board of Directors,
  • Maintain www.twopercentforrivers.org and make occasional updates.

The qualifications for the Manager position also reflect its limited scope: 

  • Proficiency in MS Office suite,
  • Good organizational skills,
  • Able to work from home,
  • Attention to detail, and 
  • A positive attitude!

How to apply
Please send an email to preston@goodriverbeer.com with your resume and a short explanation of why you want to volunteer for 2% for Rivers.

Exciting Times at the Water Trust!

February 23rd, 2017

A letter from our Board President:

This year is shaping up to be an exciting one for the Colorado Water Trust.  We’re implementing our new three-year strategic plan, but most significantly, we’ll welcome a new Executive Director to our team.
After 10 years at the helm, Amy Beatie will step down as our Executive Director this fall.  Amy has filed to be a candidate to run for the Colorado House of Representatives (House District 4 in Denver) in the 2018 general election.  We’re excited for her, and we’re also grateful for all she’s done for the Water Trust. Amy’s commitment and passion for Colorado’s rivers has helped us grow from a single-person operation into a strong and stable organization implementing multiple streamflow restoration projects annually. We are in the best possible position to take on this transition and thank Amy for her commitment to the success of the Water Trust through this process.
The Board of Directors has formed a transition committee, and in March, a comprehensive search for our new Executive Director will be underway.  We hope to have the position filled by October 1. We are looking for an experienced and energetic professional in both water resources and environmental issues who is committed to our collaborative approach for restoring streamflows.
Between our Board, our Transition Committee, our staff, and our new strategic plan, we have everything we need to maintain seamless operations. If you’d like to see our priorities related to our projects and organizational goals, you can view a summary of our revised strategic plan here on our website. This is our roadmap for the next few years, for our team and our partners, and also for our new Executive Director.
If you would like to suggest potential candidates for a new Executive Director, please send names to Dave Jankowski (davej (at) white-jankowski (dot) com), Chair of the Transition Committee.  We’ll also provide status updates in our e-newsletter, which if you don’t receive, you can subscribe to on our homepage.
Amy will be with us until after our new Executive Director comes on board, so we’ll save our goodbyes for later.  Until then, we’ll continue to focus our time and resources working to restore flows to Colorado’s rivers in need. 
Please contact me with questions via email at msayler (at) bbawater (dot) com, and as always, we greatly appreciate your partnership.  Our work is possible because of your support.  
Best Regards,

Michael A. Sayler, P.E.
Board President, Colorado Water Trust

Dolores River - The Early April Update

April 6th, 2017

Dolores, Colorado - This week, US Bureau of Reclamation released its updated operating plan for McPhee Dam and Reservoir.  Three scenarios have been developed, based on the latest information from the Colorado River Basin Forecast Center (CRBFC).  Here’s what you need to know: all three Scenarios can provide a 4000 cfs release for four days, the most probable scenario projects more than 87 days of flows greater that 800cfs, and 50 days over 2000 cfs. Consistent flows over Memorial Day weekend and fish sampling flows on the receeding limb, will be certain. And the reservoir will fill - providing water to municipal and ag users. This season is shaping up to be a win-win-win.

Of the three scenarios being planned, the most probable (50% exceedance) forecasts 420K acre-feet of inflow into McPhee Reservoir. This scenario projects inflows to McPhee of 142% of average, with 277K acre-feet of water for downstream release. This scenario provides that flows will continue around 1200 cfs through April 10th, when flows will ramp up to 2000cfs for the next 20 days.  A high flow event of 4000 cfs is planned for early-mid May, and flows will recede back to optimal levels into early June.  By June 5th, flows should hold steady at minimum boating levels for the next week.

Other scenarios being developed are based on 70% exceedance using the CBRFC 380K inflow, and the CBRFC forecast of 357K of inflow. Scenarios 2 and 3 are adjusted so that the operating plan for McPhee reservoir projects bringing storage to a higher elevation prior to the 4000 CFS release, and later boating releases to be at lower levels for shorter duration. While these scenarios are more achievable, we are confident that the more boating days are possible with the latest data.

American Whitewater is currently discussing the timing and duration of the high flow event with BOR and the Dolores Water Conservancy District. There may be an opportunity to move the 4000 CFS release to start the weekend of May 6 to accommodate boater feedback. 

When the Dolores Inflow matches the McPhee outflow, releases will start ramping down.  From 800 CFS down DWCD will cut back to 600 CFS over 24 hours and then hold for 24 hours.  This pattern repeats through 400, then 200 then down to 75 CFS.  Boaters will have 4 days to get off the water when flows drop from 800 CFS to below 400 CFS when the release ends.

Several Notices:

SLICKROCK Access:  Slickrock put-in/take-out access will happen on private property downstream of Hwy 141 bridge (bridge crosses Dolores River) about 200 yards past bridge on river left.  Look for small flagging in bushes on left.  DO NOT use the old boat ramp on river right upstream of bridge. That is private property and is not accessible this season.  Additional info about Slickrock access here from DRBA:  www.doloresriverboating.org

BEDROCK BRIDGE:  Colorado DOT’s temporary equipment bridge was removed Thursday afternoon March 30. No intermittent closures are expected for a week or two. When a more definitive start date is available CDOT will provide notice.  Please see their website for more info, and look for signs, spotters and other guidance from the contractor, SEMA Construction, when the intermittent closures are active.

DOVE CREEK PUMPHOUSE ROAD:  Please be careful of heavy traffic in and out of the Dove Creek Pumps launch site.  The road narrows and trucks with trailers cannot pass each other at certain points.  Consideration of others and patience are appreciated here.