Colorado hosts a wide array of incredible outdoor wonders. One of the most spectacular natural features of our colorful state are the great waterways. Over time, however, disturbances and invasive species wreak havoc on our rivers and riparian zones. In response to this crisis, the RiversEdge West was created in 1999. Today the organization continues to pave the road for reclamation of Colorado waterways.
When the organization was first started, they operated under the name “Tamarisk Coalition” and mainly focused on repairing the damage caused by tamarisk, or salt cedar. Eventually, the organization expanded their impact on a broad range of non-native species management. RiversEdge West’s goal to restore riparian zones to a healthy status is accomplished through equipping partners with quality riparian information, communication and education, and establishing programs that make restoration that much more a feasible reality. RiversEdge West works in multiple river systems now and across the United States. This little Mesa County non-profit has grown in incredible force since their beginnings. If you’re at all invested in riverways, healthy ecosystems, or outdoor recreation, you should definitely check out this organization.
If you’re interested in volunteering with RiversEdge West and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, head over to Gateway, Colorado, this upcoming September to aid in Tamarisk removal. If research and information is more your style, make sure to check out RiversEdge West’s next 2019 Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.