LBD Restores Section of Fraser River
Learning By Doing restored 0.9 miles of a distressed section of the Fraser River in Grand County to benefit aquatic habitat. On May 16, 2018, the collaborative group of water stakeholders that form Learning By Doing opened 0.41 miles of the restored river for public fishing . The Fraser Flats River Habitat Project represents a new era of water cooperation among East Slope water providers and West Slope agencies and conservation groups.
Post-Project Willow Count for Fraser Flats River Habitat Project
In September 2020, a survey of the surviving willow stakes planted in 2017 as part of Learning By Doing’s Fraser Flats River Habitat Project was conducted to help measure the success of the project’s revegetation effort. Volunteers from LBD partners Trout Unlimited and Grand County Water Information Network (GCWIN) combed both sides of the 0.91-mile river section upstream of County Road 83 near Tabernash to see how many of the nearly 2,500 willows planted along the riverbanks remain.
The intention behind the willow plantings is to restore robust aquatic and riparian habitats and the associated communities of fish and aquatic insects, provide bank stabilization and increase shade cover to lower stream temperatures.
The group determined that the willow survival rate after three years was 49 percent. A replanting effort for 2020 has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Northern Water video on the Colorado River Connectivity Channel cooperative project presented at the 2020 Colorado Watershed Conference.
Anglers’ survey at Fraser Flats
LBD in the NEWS:
Sound Bites and Other False Promises
Winter Park Times, Oct. 24, 2019
A Drought Will Come Again
Denver Post editorial, April 28, 2019
When East Meets West Over Water Resources
Winter Park Times, March 14, 2019
Fraser Flats Project Gets Official Opening for Public Fishing and Recreation
Sky-Hi Daily News, May 18, 2018
Rehab of Colorado’s Fraser River Shows Early Signs of Success
Colorado Public Radio, Oct. 16, 2017
Group Completes Restoration to Improve Habitat for Part of Fraser River
Sky-Hi Daily News, Oct. 13, 2017
Underbrink-Curran Receives Award
Sky-Hi Daily News, June 15, 2017
Fraser River Restoration Underway
Sky-Hi Daily News, May 30, 2017
When Does an Environmentalist Compromise? Lessons from Colorado’s Fraser River
Colorado Public Radio, Dec. 7, 2016
Learning to Do More with Less Water in the Colorado River Headwaters
Mountain Town News, Nov. 9, 2016
Denver Water Looks to Cool Temps in Ranch Creek
Sky-Hi Daily News, Aug. 10, 2016
Guest Editorial: The Value of Listening
Denver Post, April 24, 2016
Surveying fish health in the Upper Colorado River Basin
LBD partners helped with Colorado Parks & Wildlife's annual project to measure the fish population, species, and growth rates in various locations along the river.
Grand County Learning By Doing is a cooperative effort composed of representatives from organizations across Colorado.
We engage in a cooperative process to manage aquatic resources by protecting, and where possible, restoring and enhancing aquatic environments.
Each organization involved in Grand County Learning By Doing contributes ongoing resources to benefit the county's aquatic resources.