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River Stewardship Council

The River Stewardship Council is a special community of donors who make a substantial investment in Colorado’s rivers and watersheds by giving $1,200 or more annually to Colorado Trout Unlimited. The generosity and commitment of this group provides us with the financial support we need to fulfill our core programs:

  • Cultivating the next generation of river stewards through youth conservation education programs;
  • Improving habitat and restoring native trout through locally-led projects;
  • Defending water quality and securing healthy stream flows by providing a voice for our rivers at the State Legislature and in other decision making forums; and
  • Working with industry and agency partners to ensure responsible energy development by identifying sensitive habitat and advocating for adequate protections.

As a grassroots organization, Colorado TU leverages your 100% tax deductible contribution through the efforts of our staff and members who donate more than 46,000 volunteer hours annually to achieve real results.

In addition to receiving quarterly progress reports and updates, members of the River Stewardship Council are invited to attend our annual RSC dinner in December and to take part in a one-day field exploration during the summer, allowing you to experience first-hand the results of your contribution. The 2012 trips have yet to be scheduled, but will include:

Restoring Native Trout on the Roan Plateau

Learn about the ongoing native trout and habitat restoration project led by Colorado TU and its Grand Valley Anglers chapter in partnership with government agencies and with leveraged funding from supporters in the oil and gas industry, and enjoy fishing for Colorado River cutthroat trout in a unique and scenic setting.

Protecting the Upper Colorado Headwaters / Granby

Experience first-hand one of America’s most endangered rivers where Trout Unlimited is leading the charge for adequate river protections in the face of increasing pressure from municipal water diversions. You’ll enjoy fishing on private water and take a tour of the area to see first hand how diversions are affecting the Colorado headwaters and why stronger river protections are so important.

Restoring Habitat and Passage on the Gunnison River

Fish the Gunnison and learn how local TU volunteers with the Gunnison Gorge Anglers, with support from TU staff, are working with local irrigators to rebuild a diversion structure in order to reduce impacts on habitat in the river while allowing for safe boating passage past a site that is currently a serious hazard.

Ways to Give

Click the button below and choose your donation level: $1,200, $1,800 or $2,400. You can also setup a recurring monthly donation by contacting David Nickum at david.nickum@coloradotu.org. Any year in which you give the minimum $1,200, you are considered a member of the River Stewardship Council and invited to participate in a one-day field exploration. Make your 100% tax deductible donation today!