The City of Steamboat Springs is leading the development of a plan to improve the health and resiliency of the Yampa River during times of drought and in the face of changing future climatic conditions and water use demands. Key objectives of the project are to identify target flows needed to support river health and community needs and to prioritize actions and projects to achieve measurable progress toward these targets.
The plan will be based on a comprehensive assessment of river health using best available data and the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders and the community. City staff has engaged an Advisory Committee to guide the plan’s development and hired a team of consultants with expertise in river science and community planning. The project will address the reach of the Yampa River from Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area to the City of Steamboat Springs Waste Water Treatment Facility.
Management Objectives and Targets: Management objectives are intended to help achieve plan goals and are based on finding of the Yampa River Health Assessment and on input from community stakeholders on their values and priorities related to Yampa River health.
Phase 1 February - April 2017
Phase 2 April - November 2017
Phase 3 November 2017 – February 2018
Phase 4 February - May 2018
Stakeholder and public involvement is a critical component of this planning process. The Yampa River Health Assessment and Streamflow Management Plan require the expertise and involvement of a diverse range of stakeholders and the public. The stakeholder engagement plan includes the creation of an Advisory Committee that meets throughout the process, outreach to multiple stakeholder groups, and community workshops. Our objectives for the community engagement process are to:
The City has convened an Advisory Committee to represent primary stakeholders, guide the planning process, provide technical expertise, and evaluate feasible strategies and solutions. The Advisory Committee is made up of representatives of the following agencies and organizations:
Several partners contributed funding to make this project possible. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) awarded the City a Watershed Restoration Grant to cover almost half of the project cost. The Yampa/White/Green Basin Roundtable supports the project through Water Supply Reserve Account funding (also from CWCB). The City of Steamboat Springs contributed cash and in-kind match. Routt County and Yampa Valley Fly Fishers also helped to fund the project.
The City selected a consultant team through a competitive proposal process to assist in preparing the Streamflow Management Plan. The City has contracted with Acclivity Associates, supported by Lotic Hydrological and EcoMetrics, to complete project management and technical tasks.