Three Lakes Watershed Association
Three Lakes Watershed Association is a 501(c) 3 non-profits organization that has been in existence for over forty years under several earlier names. Association activities are focused on efforts to protect and improve the quality of life in the area of Granby Reservoir, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, and Grand Lake. The Association has just over 475 members.
Activities in recent years have been predominately focused on improving the quality of the water in both Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake. For the past ten years, that has occupied most of our time and resources. Other activities in those ten years have included supporting the effort to retain the Grand Lake Elementary School; keeping members informed about beetle kill problems and solutions; about fire suppression activities of our local Fire Department; activities of our County; goals and activities of the Town; and other local issues. In earlier years, the Association actively opposed legalization of gambling in Grand Lake; and was instrumental in the creation of the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation District that has provided a much needed sewer system for our area. The Association contributed funds for the purchase of the Fire Boat by the local Fire Department.
All of our efforts are done by members and Directors. Occasionally, we retain a law firm or public relations firm.
All of our efforts are funded by dues – $25/year – and by generous donations from members.
Future plans for the Association will continue to center on water quality issues, but we will react to other local issues as they arise. In these efforts, we maintain contact with the Town of Grand Lake, Grand County, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Colorado River District, Northwest Colorado Counsel of Governments, Grand County Water Information Network, and over 475 Three Lakes Watershed Association Members.
We have annual agreements with Grand County to help fund the algae toxin monitoring effort , with the Grand Lake Fire Department to support operations and maintenance on the Fire Boat, and with Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District to fund the dock space for their water quality monitoring boat.
Non-Profit Organizations that Restore the Headwaters Supports
COLORADO TROUT UNLIMITED is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that works to protect, conserve and restore Colorado’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. As the grassroots arm of their parent organization, Trout Unlimited, they use cooperation, collaboration, advocacy and education to promote conservation.
Founded in 1969, Colorado Trout Unlimited is the state’s leading non-profit, non-partisan organization providing a voice for Colorado’s rivers. As the financially self-sustaining, grassroots, Colorado-based arm of the national organization Trout Unlimited, Colorado TU is independently governed by a 37-member volunteer board.
Colorado Trout Unlimited leverages the power of its 11,000 members from 24 chapters across Colorado who contribute approximately 44,000 volunteer hours annually to restoration, education and other local conservation projects, equivalent to the power of 22 full-time employees.
Their vision is simple – by the next generation, Colorado Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their original Colorado range so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.
Colorado Trout Unlimited works to:
- Protect high quality habitat for native and wild coldwater fish and to maintain free flowing rivers;
- Reconnect fragmented fish populations and habitats by restoring flows to dewatered rivers and re-opening fish passage;
- Restore watersheds by working in collaboration with other conservation and governmental organizations, as well as private landowners, to preserve and improve the quality of habitats that support coldwater fish;
- Sustain the efforts of our volunteers and supporters by inspiring a strong conservation ethic in the next generation of river stewards.
Education and outreach to Colorado’s young people, providing hands-on, field-based opportunities that foster awareness for the connections between Colorado’s trout, water resources, the environment and themselves. To donate to Colorado Trout Unlimited click http://coloradotu.org/donate
P.O. Box 1718
Grand Lake CO 80447