To sustain and enhance the environmental and rural character of
the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River valley
through education, restoration, and stewardship
Phase I of River Enhancement Project is complete!
The Lake Fork Valley Conservancy (LFVC) recently completed Phase I of the Henson Creek and Lake Fork River Enhancement Project. Initial Construction begun in fall 2013 at the town irrigation ditch headgate, and continued downstream to the Henson Creek RV Park.
The main goals of the project include: increasing public river access from existing walking trails for fly-fishing and recreation, stabilizing banks to prevent erosion of adjacent private properties, creating trout habitat, and mitigating future flood risk.
Partnering with Hydrologist Brett Jordan, of HydoGeo Designs in Grand Junction, and Lake City's own, WEBCO team, we were able to design, and implement river channel improvements for the rest of Phase I, which concluded Friday, October 31, 2014 at the confluence of the Lake Fork River and Henson Creek.
One of the most noticeable improvements made this fall, aside from the newly placed rock boulder structures to stabilize the river channel, is the brand new confluence park! The project at the confluence took about two weeks to complete, and serves to extend the reach of Memorial Park, and increase public access to the river at a point that was previously highly eroded, and not easily accessible.
~The sequential photos below show the evolution of the new public space. Come down to see, and enjoy the new space yourself!~
PARTNERS IN STEWARDSHIP
Join us in the preservation of wild resources for future generations, in being a part of the beauty that surrounds us, and in conserving one of Colorado's last frontiers.
We envision the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River drainage as a healthy watershed, defined by a balance of resource conservation, economic opportunity, recreational activities, and community values. We envision a broad-based partnership of an educated citizenry, nonprofit groups, and governmental entities that sustains, protects, and improves the health of the watershed.
The LFVC recently published a 15-year summary newsletter, to highlight the dramatic successes of the organization since it's inception. Around the Alpine Loop, the LFVC has participated in 7 mine clean ups-most recently the Hough Mine on Engineer Pass, which previously contributed over 90% of heavy metal contamination to Lake City's drinking water source, Henson Creek.
In addition, the LFVC has conducted water sampling for 12 years, helped conserve 156-acres of land surrounding Lake San Cristobal, restored 3,300 feet of river, and planted more than 1,000 trees to revegetate our river banks. Of course, none of this would be possible without the incredible 5,000 hours of time contributed by our many willing volunteers!!
LFVC Advisory Group Meeting
Open to the Public!
First Thursday alternating months (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)
9:00 a.m. Coursey Annex
311 North Henson Street, Lake City, CO.
Hearts and Spades Community Garden Board of Directors Meeting
Last Thursday of every month (Next: Feb. 26th)
6:00 p.m. LFVC's Office
206 N Silver Street, Lake City, CO
Rockin' River Fundraiser
June 25th, 2015
Time TBA, Confluence at Memorial Park
*Come dance, eat & drink, and learn about the LFVC's plans for Phase II of the River Project!*
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