The focus of this Phase III Lower North Empire Creek Project to begin October 2017 is controlling runoff from severely impacted, virtually un-reclaimable, upland mined lands to the west of the creek. This, in addition to sediment containment, will aid in minimizing erosion and sediment yield from steep mining impacted slopes.Read More
An informal parking area referred to as “Lafayette Park” in Adams County along State Highway 224 has been restored to a natural riparian habitat. Most of the site was an un-paved former parking area. The Adams County Parks and Open Space Department had been receiving feedback from residents that certain areas of the Clear Creek Trail seem unsafe and neglected, which included the Lafayette Park location.Read More
Adams County is preparing a Master Plan for the Clear Creek Corridor that will identify potential for recreation and habitat improvements from Sheridan Boulevard to the confluence at the South Platte River. After speaking with over 400 community members, they have begun the next phase of their planning process.
The Clear Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF) is supporting this effort with water quality data information and comparing stream quality to applicable water-quality standards and beneficial-use criteria. For an overview of the data analysis to date, upload the CCWF April 2017 Clear Creek Water Quality Presentation.Read More
The Middle North Empire Creek Stream Restoration Project was completed in December of 2016. This area, which is also known as the Gold Dirt Mining District, had footprints of historic mine waste piles with fans depositing within the flood plane of the stream channel. The project was designed to significantly reduce toxic metal concentrations within North Empire Creek, including aluminum, copper and zinc as well as a reduction of acidity with a corresponding increase in pH.Read More
DISCOVER WHAT'S IN YOUR WATERSHED on Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park in Idaho Springs (Across from Safeway). FREE family fun!
MEET Woodsy Owl. HANDS-ON LEARNING @ 25+ environmental PASSPORT STATIONS
live music • cool prizes • facepainting • climbing tower and more!
The Clear Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF) will begin stream restoration activities in Middle North Empire Creek in Clear Creek County, Colorado using grant funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Nonpoint Source Program starting August, 2016.Read More
This project builds on a Phase I $536,000 restoration effort completed in 2014. Phase II restoration will commence in the fall of 2015 and involves removing mine waste from within the stream corridor and re-establishing a healthy riparian buffer area on both sides of North Empire Creek.Read More
The Clear Creek Watershed Foundation is partnering with Adams County Open Space to engage stakeholders and develop a strategy for the revitalization of the 7-mile corridor along Clear Creek in Adams County. The landscape along lower Clear Creek was impacted as rich gravel deposits in the floodplain were mined and then backfilled with the metro area’s accumulated solid waste, and a network of highways, rail lines, and freight yards crisscrossed the corridor.Read More
The Clear Creek Watershed Festival is our annual major educational and community outreach event. Last year's event was held on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at Courtney-Riley-Cooper Park alongside Clear Creek in Idaho Springs. The Festival is an experiential education event highlighting the ever-changing issues that impact the watershed.Read More