Rivers are the lifeblood of our communities and our watershed. CUSP is committed to protecting our rivers and streams so we can all enjoy them for generations to come. We work with partners from all sectors to restore aquatic habitats, improve water quality, and ensure recreational opportunities abound in and along rivers and streams. We use techniques that work with nature to restore natural hydrologic processes and provide longterm solutions.
Horse Creek & Trail Creek
Following the devastating 2002 Hayman Fire, the Horse Creek Watershed, and particularly its sub-watershed Trail Creek, were significantly degraded. Post-fire impacts in these South Platte River tributaries included detrimental flooding, significant property damage, impaired aquatic habitat, and unsustainable sediment movement. CUSP has been working with a variety of public and private partners to implement holistic restoration on a landscape scale in these watersheds.
Happy Meadows & Sportsman’s Paradise
The Happy Meadows and Sportsman’s Paradise stretches of the South Platte River were impaired by excess sediment from upstream sources and the adjacent county road. CUSP collaborated with public and private partners to restore this 2.7-mile stretch of the river and demonstrate different techniques to reduce sediment loads, improve sediment transport within the river channel, and restore lost habitat.
Park County Stream and Wetlands Inventory Project
The Park County Water Resources Inventory to assess streams and wetlands in the county began in 2014 as a partnership between Park County, EcoMetrics, and CUSP. The inventory will document the extent of wetland habitat and aquatic resource loss and prioritize areas where there are opportunities for restoration.