River Ecology http://kajx.org en Local Group to Study Fryingpan River/Ruedi Impact http://kajx.org/post/local-group-study-fryingpan-riverruedi-impact <p>The Roaring Fork Conservancy is taking a look at what a healthy Fryingpan River means to the local economy. The Fryingpan Valley Economic Study is underway and will continue into next year according to the Basalt based organization. The group says the study aims to understand visitor use and spending related to recreational activities on the Lower Fryingpan River and Ruedi Reservoir, and the river’s economic importance. The final result will give people an idea of what a healthy river means to the local economy.&nbsp;The Conservancy believes the report will also aid in helping to keep the river healthy. Colorado State University and Colorado Mountain College are assisting with the study that is funded in part by the town of Basalt, Eagle County, the Aspen Skiing Company Environment Foundation and other private donors. Over a decade ago the Conservancy conducted a similar study and found the Fryingpan Valley's recreational activities contributed an estimated $1.8 million annually in total economic output to Basalt's economy. Updated numbers are expected to be greater.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:09:21 +0000 Rob St. Mary 16157 at http://kajx.org Local Group to Study Fryingpan River/Ruedi Impact CrossCurrents - Ríos to Rivers http://kajx.org/post/crosscurrents-r-os-rivers <p>Rios to Rivers</p><p>Weston Boyles, Executive Director of Rios to Rivers</p><p><a href="http://www.riostorivers.org/rios-to-rivers-river-running-exchange--cultural---environmental-education.html">Ríos to Rivers</a> is uniting young kayakers from Patagonia, Chile and Colorado with kayaking expeditions in Chile on the Río Baker and in the US on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The Chilean kayakers will see for the first time a mega-dam and the resultant impacts on the river. US students will experience the majesty of an undeveloped river flowing through a pristine wilderness. The group will learn about the ecological impacts of dams, explore viable renewable energy sources, and take part in cultural exchange.<br><br> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:25:00 +0000 Carolyne Heldman 4264 at http://kajx.org CrossCurrents - Ríos to Rivers Rafters Learn About Drought, Ecology on Community River Float http://kajx.org/post/rafters-learn-about-drought-ecology-community-river-float <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 100 people jumped into rafts on Saturday for an annual float down the Roaring Fork River. Only, this float wasn’t just an excuse to cool off on a hot day. It was meant to be a learning experience or a classroom on water. Aspen Public Radio's Marci </span>Krivonen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:36:34 +0000 Marci Krivonen 2691 at http://kajx.org Rafters Learn About Drought, Ecology on Community River Float