RWAPA has sponsored the development of educational material illustrating the issues and agencies associated with Ruedi and Ruedi management. These materials include posters, charts and narratives, some of which are available elsewhere on this website. In addition, RWAPA regularly leads tours of the dam and hydropower facility and appears before local public groups and clubs to discuss Ruedi-related issues. The Poster that RWAPA developed in cooperation with the Colorado River Water Conservation District to provide summary information about Ruedi can be viewed here.
ANS Inspection Program: One of RWAPA’s recent public education efforts has focused on the issue of aquatic nuisance species, specifically the zebra and quagga mussels that threaten the health and infrastructure of lakes throughout the United States. These freshwater mussels are a central asian species that were accidentally introduced to North America decades ago in the ballast of cargo ships. They reproduce prolifically and threaten whole ecosystems by eating the microscopic plankton that form the basis of the food chain. These small crustaceans also fasten themselves to almost any surface, coating docks, boats and structures and doing billions of dollars worth of damage in the process. They can be transported inadvertently in ballast or on hulls when boats are taken from one lake to another so the Authority has sponsored an inspection program aimed at assuring that they do not infest Ruedi. The program is free and is in operation at Ruedi during the busy summer months. The program carries out more than 1,000 inspections annually and has played an important role in both educating the public and in keeping Ruedi mussel-free since its inception in 2011. For more information on zebra and quagga mussels and how to prevent their spread, go to http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/ and click on Zebra and Quagga Mussels.
River Visitor’s Guides: The Authority has worked with the Roaring Fork Conservancy to produce a series of Visitor’s Guides to local waterways aimed at enhancing the experience of visitors to the Fryingpan, Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers. The Fryingpan Guide was first published in 2006 and was followed by the Crystal River Visitor’s Guide in 2016. In future years the Authority and the Conservancy expect to produce guides to the upper and lower Roaring Fork. These handy and informative brochures are available at no charge at most local fishing and tourist-oriented businesses and at local Chamber information kiosks.