Watershed Inventory Yellow Pages

The Cache la Poudre Watershed Inventory was a project of Peaks to People (formerly the Colorado Conservation Exchange). The purpose of this project is to create a public document, database, and map application of the activities conducted and information produced by organizations in the Cache la Poudre (CLP) and Big Thompson* (BT) watersheds. The Cache la Poudre Yellow Pages and associated database (both can be downloaded below) focus on activities and information that influence or relate to ecological management and monitoring of the watershed. Use the map to browse and look up specific areas to see what activities are taking place. If you are interested in connecting with watershed groups or looking to get a better sense of the types and ranges of activities, the documents are for you. The Information Inventory, summarizing information produced by participants in this project’s survey, is contained only in the documents and is a great tool for those researching the watershed.

The emphasis in this phase of the project was mainly on the Cache La Poudre watershed; the Big Thompson warrants its own inventory, which may be undertaken in a later phase of the project. This report, database and map directory are products of our community and stakeholder’s articulated needs.

Cache la Poudre Watershed Inventory “Yellow Pages”
Searchable database of the inventory results

The full report contains both activities and information sources pertaining to the CLP. Currently the map above only displays activities, but stay tuned for updates! In the Yellow Pages report, we define an ‘activity’ as an action conducted in the watershed that is related to environmental health and ecological management. Types of activities include the following:

  1. Riparian/Stream Restoration: Post-flood restoration, riparian bank improvements, in-stream habitat/flow restoration, floodplain naturalization, etc.
  2. Water Supply, Diversion, Storage, and Treatment: Utilities, irrigation and ditch companies are example groups active in this area
  3. Research-for-Impact: Ongoing research that has on-the-ground impacts incorporated into the design of the work.
  4. Public Education: Education programs about how the Poudre and Big Thompson watersheds are managed and used by people.
  5. Water Discharge, Wastewater Treatment, and Stormwater: Utilities and cities are example groups active in this area.
  6. Monitoring: Water quality, water quantity, or biological resources monitoring independent of other activities (this includes climatological monitoring)
  7. Public Amenities and Recreation: Creation of public places like parks, hiking or biking trails, and water parks, etc.
  8. Convener: Organizations that bring other groups together to form coalitions or collaboratives.
  9. Agricultural Management: Livestock or crop agricultural practices that have an effect on the waterways or ecosystems that supports these waterways.
  10. Upland Restoration: Post-fire, forest restoration (e.g., disease or beetle-kill remediation, restoring wildlife habitat, improving vegetation community structure, invasive weed control, fuels reduction treatments etc.)
  11. Management Programs and Planning: Includes groups that have the responsibility to manage land and water areas through diverse actions.

Yellow Pages Report Objectives: The Inventory listings represent providers and beneficiaries of more and cleaner water in the watersheds to inform the development of the Colorado Conservation Exchange, a voluntary incentive-based approach to conservation. While we have attempted to capture all of the activities and information in these watersheds, this is by no means a comprehensive reference source. This will be a working document and hence relies on the contributions of everyone working in these watersheds to correct and update the information here.