The watershed is where we began and where we are today. During volunteer events we always ask the groups 'does anybody know what a watershed is?'.
The dictionary definition goes like this: Watershed- an area of land that drains into a body of water.
The Upper South Platte Watershed consists of 2600 square miles of mountains, streams, forest, cities and towns. It supplies nearly 75% of Colorado's drinking water. The health of the watershed is of vital importance, now and in the future. Our mission begins and ends with the watershed.
So just what are the issues in the Upper South Platte watershed?
1) WATER QUALITY
All aspects of the enviroment and human impact affect this. Recreation, industry, lifestyle all impact the water and its sources.We work on the ground, in the classroom, and in the boardroom to ensure ours and future generations enjoy the splendor and the life giving essence of nature. All other concerns flow from this.
2) FOREST HEALTH
The trees and plants and animals all form a living filter whose health directly affects the water quality.