The Roaring Fork Conservancy
PO Box 3349
Basalt, Co 81621
(970) 927-1290
Rick Lofaro, Director

The Roaring Fork Conservancy was founded in 1996. The Conservancy’s mission is to inspire people to explore, value, and protect the Roaring Fork watershed. The Roaring Fork Conservancy is focused on:
water quantity — keeping water in our rivers,
water quality — keeping our rivers healthy, and
habitat preservation — keeping our riparian habitat
In addition, the Conservancy and its staff have been key partners with the Ruedi Water and Power Authority in the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan.
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The Bureau of Reclamation (BuRec)
Eastern Colorado Area Office

11056 West County Road 18E
Loveland, CO 80537-9711
(970) 667-4410
Mike Collins, Area Manager

U.S. Government agency under the Department of the Interior with responsibilities for water resource development, conservation and various public works. Built Ruedi Dam in 1964-68 as an element of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. Responsible for all operational aspects of Ruedi. Manages fills and releases of water, schedules water releases, negotiates and administers contracts for water sales, negotiates agreements with other agencies for delivery of water, maintains facilities and coordinates operations with other facilities and agencies. The Bureau is the agency that runs the coordinated reservoir operations, sells Ruedi Water and approves agreements with the USFWS for deliveries to endangered species.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Recovery Program for Endangered Fishes of the Upper Colorado

P.O Box 25486
Denver, CO 80225
(303) 236-2985
Steve Guertin, Regional Manager
Department of the Interior agency with responsibility for managing and conserving the country’s fish and wildlife resources. It manages federal wildlife refuges, works with state and private agencies on habitat preservation, hunting and fishing regulations and research programs. It also administers the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Recovery Program is an interstate program between Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. The USFWS determines how to recover the endangered fish in the upper Colorado River Basin and secures recovery resources including habitat and water flows.
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The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)
1313 Sherman St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 866-3441
Jennifer Gimbel, Executive Director

The CWCB is the state’s policy arm for water related issues. The CWCB and its staff administer the minimum stream-flow and minimum lake-level programs, sponsor various construction, research and planning programs, and rule on water rights disputes. The Board consists of nine members representing the various water basins in the state. The CWCB speaks for the state on intergovernmental issues such as federal reserved rights and the Colorado River Compact.
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The State Division of Water Resources/ State Engineers’ Office
Local Office
Alan Martellaro, Division Engineer
50633 US Hwy 6 & 24
P.O. Box 396
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-5665 

The State Engineer’s Office assigns water rights administrators to oversee water distribution in the State’s main river basins (Colorado, South Platte, Arkansas, Rio Grande, North Platte/ Yampa, Uncompaghre/Gunnison and Delores). The District Engineer monitors water rights allocations, settles disputes and carries out various management, research and construction projects. The State Engineer’s office acts as a technical and enforcement arm of the CWCB although they are separate agencies.
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The Fryingpan-Arkansas Project & Southeast Water Conservancy District
(Fry-Ark / SEWCD)

Jim Broderick, Director
P.O. Box 440
Pueblo, CO 81002
(719) 544-2040

The Fry-Ark project was authorized by Congress in 1962 for the purpose of diverting water from the upper Colorado Basin to the Arkansas Basin. The South East Water Conservancy District (SEWCD), based in Pueblo, was designated as the local management agency for the Fry-Ark. The SEWCD was allocated a pool of about 24,000 acre-feet from Ruedi’s total capacity of 101,000 af to be used to augment western slope water rights and keep them in priority during times of diversion. The 24,000 acre-feet are released as necessary to assure that water rights whose allocation date precedes the dam are not impacted by the diversions. The Fry-Ark project includes the diversion works in Hunter Creek and the upper Fryingpan tributaries, Turquoise Reservoir near Leadville, Ruedi Reservoir and various other facilities. There are a number of diversion canals in the upper Fryingpan (i.e. Lime Creek and Last Chance Creeks) that were authorized but were never built. The Fry-Ark Project does not include the diversions in the upper Roaring Fork, Grizzly Reservoir or Twin Lakes, all of which are part of the Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Co. Project.
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Colorado River Water Conservation District (CRWCD)
P.O. Box 1120
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-8522
Eric Kuhn, General Manager

The CRWCD is one of three Water Conservation Districts in the State, the other two being the Rio Grande District and the South Eastern District, which encompasses the Arkansas River drainage. The CRWCD’s Board of Directors is made up of representatives from all the counties that make up the Upper Colorado River basin. The District is supported by a property tax mill levy and has broad authority to develop and conserve water resources. The District is the most influential voice on water issues for the Western Slope. The District also holds the rights to the water in Ruedi Reservoir, subject to federal programs.
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The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW)
Local Office
50633 Highway 6 & 24
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-7228

The DOW has responsibility for the State’s wildlife resources including all game and non-game species. The DOW administers hunting and fishing licenses and regulations and manages various recreational, habitat improvement, invasive species, and wildlife monitoring and management programs.
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Basalt Water Conservancy District (BWCD)
c/o Lori Satterfield
Balcomb and Green
818 Colorado Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-8902

The BWCD was designated as the management agency for the Basalt Project when the Ruedi portion of the Fry-Ark Project was authorized in the early 60’s. The BWCD owns water in Ruedi and markets it locally to private landowners and developers as augmentation water for private wells.
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
825 N. Capital Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20426

The FERC is charged with permitting and regulating energy projects, including hydro-power projects. The FERC issued the original license for the Ruedi Hydro Project to the City of Aspen and Pitkin County.
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Bureau of Reclamation Ruedi Information Page

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