The mission of the Western Slope Conservation Center is to build an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water, and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed.

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The Western Slope Conservation Center is always working to ensure the health and preservation of the Western Slope of Colorado by working with our local, state, and federal governments, businesses, conservationists and stakeholders.

CONSERVATION PROJECTS

Working with the Community to protect our land for generations to come.

At WSCC, we work to ensure continued conservation efforts by working alongside community members and creating educational opportunities within local schools.

INTERACTIVE MAP

The Conservation Center has been working since 1977, check out what we've done.

The Conservation Center maintains an interactive map that includes a wealth of watershed information that you can explore. Our map layers include oil & gas leases and wells, irrigation ditches, restoration sites, soil data, USFS recreation routes, and more.

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PROGRAM AREAS

WHO WE ARE

We formed in 1977 to disseminate information about regional energy development and its impacts on the region’s natural resources. Today, our mission is to build an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed.

As a result of our work, in 35 years the communities of the Lower Gunnison Watershed will be characterized by intact and functioning ecosystems, clean and abundant water resources, well-managed lands with the highest level of protection they deserve, and informed and an engaged citizenry that understand the connection between the vitality of its ecological and social communities.

OUR PROJECTS

PAONIA RIVER PARK

Once an in-stream gravel mine, we have worked hard and received several grants to restore riparian habitat and make the Park a family-friendly recreation area.

WATER QUALITY

The Conservation Center is dedicated to keeping a watchful eye on the quality of our water quality. Our volunteers monitor every month and collect samples from an established network of stream stations.

LOCAL MAPPING

The data illustrated in our interactive maps tell the true story of conservation in Delta County. Layers represent oil & gas development, roadless areas, irrigation ditches and more.

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WSCC Hiring for Associate Director

February 21, 2017
Position Title: Associate Director Position Summary: This is a full-time exempt staff position with the Western Slope Conservation Center, a fun and dynamic grassroots environmental organization that has been carrying out watershed stewardship, public lands advocacy, and education for the last 40 years in the North Fork of the Gunnison and Lower Gunnison watersheds. The Associate Director will coordinate and supervise programs, staff, and contractors under the direction of the Executive Director. Responsibilities will include the implementation and improvement of organizational systems for grant acquisition and management, volunteer management, and communications and marketing. The Associate Director will provide supervision and support for all other program and administrative staff and contractors. The Associate Director will work under the direct supervision of the ED and will collaborate with WSCC staff, board, and volunteers. Schedule will vary day-to-day and week-to-week, with a minimum of 40-hour weeks. Some nights and weekends will be required. The position will include traveling within the region, as well as opportunities for professional development and networking within professional conservation networks. The Conservation Center offices are located in the picturesque agricultural mountain town of Paonia in the North Fork of the Gunnison River Valley. The North Fork Valley is a rare gem of high quality rural living with unparalleled access to public lands and outdoor recreation including cross-country and backcountry skiing, rafting, gold-medal fishing, running, and biking. It also boasts the highest density of organic farms in the state of Colorado and the highest elevation viticultural area in the country. Position Responsibilities Organizational Leadership: (10%) Represent organization publicly at public events, conferences, and media engagements; Provide supplemental leadership support for board of directors management; Facilitate effective communication between all levels of organization, including members, staff, and board Administrative Management: (30%) Provide key leadership in assessing and improving organizational systems; Implement new organizational systems as necessary; Manage day-to-day administrative needs Implement new data management systems for collecting, managing, and reporting on donations and contacts (Salesforce CRM or equivalent) Coordinate with Executive Director and Accountant to carry out day-to-day management of donation collection and contacts Grant Management and Development: (30%) Improve organizational systems for grant identification, acquisition, and management in alignment with the organization’s mission and goals; Lead and direct grant writing needs and draft grant applications for both programmatic and organizational grant applications; Coordinate grant reporting systems, data tracking and documentation, as well as effective report completion Program Development: (15%) Collaborate with Executive Director, Watershed Coordinator, contractors, and committee chairs to support strategic program management and leadership of Public Lands, Watershed, and Education programming. Supervise coordination of monthly program committee meetings, committee leadership management, and committee communication systems As necessary, provide direct support and coordination for program committee meetings and events. Communication & Outreach: (10%) Develop and improve communication systems for the organization, including traditional and social media platforms; Supervise daily implementation of communication systems at all levels of the organization in alignment with Development Committee priorities; as necessary, provide direct support for communication content development including emails, website, social media,

A Land Ethic for the 21st Century: 2017 WSCC Annual Meeting Speech

February 16, 2017
The 2017 WSCC Annual Meeting included a powerful talk by Dr. John Hausdoerffer, Professor of Environmental Sustainability & Philosophy at Western State Colorado University. Dr. Hausdoerffer spoke on how we as a community draw inspiration from the land with an interactive talk titled “A Land Ethic for the 21st Century.” It was a special opportunity to take a few minutes to think careful about why we will continue to work to protect our incredible home here on the Western Slope.

40 Years of Conservation: WSCC annual meeting a big success

February 16, 2017
Over 100 attend Western Slope Conservation Center’s 4oth Anniversary Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 12th 2017 A packed house of Conservation Center members, staff, and board brought their chili, thoughtful questions, and checkbooks to celebrate a remarkable year of conservation on the Western Slope and to prepare for another big year ahead. The agenda included a powerful talk by Dr. John Hausdoerffer, Professor of Environmental Sustainability & Philosophy at Western State Colorado University. Dr. Hausdoerffer spoke about how we as a community draw inspiration from the land with an interactive talk titled “A Land Ethic for the 21st Century.” It was a special opportunity to take a few minutes to think careful about why we will continue to work to protect our incredible home here on the Western Slope. You can listen to the talk here. WSCC Finances and Fundraising The event included a report on WSCC’s 2017 Budget with very positive trends, including a 40% projected increase in operational income, due to successful of grant income and a banner year for fundraising and donations – nearly $40,000 in total donations. Over the course of the Annual Meeting evening, we raised over $800. WSCC’s 2017 fundraising goal is $46,000, which includes our Trailblazers program, our flagship events including River Fest, and sales of our new schwag, including t-shirts and stickers. We are also thrilled to announce that we now boast 500 active members (who have donated in the last year), up 100 from two years ago! The more members, the greater our voice in advocating for our home. “40-in-40” – During the Annual Meeting we announced a 2017 goal of recruiting 40 new monthly donors in our 40th year, and we’re pleased to announce that 7 new donors signed up just at the Annual Meeting! That means we have 33 more to meet our goal. Go to our membership page to sign up today, or email maggie@theconservationcenter.org. 40th Anniversary Photo Mosaic! We also unveiled an incredible commemorative image that features photos from hundreds of the people and places that have made the Western Slope Conservation Center what it is over the last 40 years. The base image was created by Celia Roberts, and a large format print was donated to WSCC thanks to an anonymous donor. Check out our incredible image and look for yourself in there.   2016 Western Slope Conservation Center Accomplishments Successfully completed 1st year of 3-year strategic plan with three goal areas of Public Lands, Watersheds, and Education Completed our 40th year of conservation in the North Fork Valley and Western Slope Public Land Advocacy Made our local voices heard during the draft BLM Uncompahgre Field Office Resource Management Plan (UFO RMP) comment period, with over 1000 unique and substantive comment letters requesting the inclusion of the North Fork Alternative and other significant conservation protections in UFO RMP, engaging local groups, organizations, and agencies Organized over 400 people to attend WSCC-sponsored, BLM, and municipal meetings about the fate of our local public lands Submitted over 220

Water Quality in the North Fork is Looking Good!

February 2, 2017
In 2016, the Western Slope Conservation Center completed our analysis of water quality in the North Fork watershed using data gathered by our River Watch volunteers every month for the past 15 years, and it’s looking good! Because of our volunteers, we’ve gathered one of the most robust water quality baselines in the state, something we’re pretty proud of. We gather information on nutrients, metals like lead, arsenic, and selenium; macro invertebrates; field parameters like temperature, dissolved oxygen, and pH; and more! These parameters aren’t used for regulatory or compliance purposes—they just help us understand the general water quality in our watershed. We’ve learned that our water quality is pretty good, and we’re happy to report that over the past 15 years, not much has changed. This means that for all of the changes that our communities have weathered haven’t impacted the baseline water conditions—we humans haven’t harmed nor helped water quality conditions overall. While water quality has remained relatively constant over the past 15 years, it does change each year with the seasons. During the spring, when snowmelt is running off, water quality is better than in the summer when we’re putting that water to good use and the amount of water in the river is lower. The geology and natural soils of the watershed provide the North Fork with the capacity to buffer against changes in pH and the toxic effects of metals. Generally, our nutrient concentrations are well below state and/or federal standards. Additionally, metals are not a significant concern. With the exception of selenium, metals have seldom exceeded applicable water quality standards. Our watershed enjoys a healthy and thriving macroinvertebrate community—there are lots of bugs that are sensitive to pollution, meaning that when they are present, pollutants aren’t! Because of these findings, we’ve decided to gather baseline samples just four times per year—in March, June, September, and October—corresponding to key flow times. These samples will add to the statewide database that River Watch maintains and uses to help inform decision making related to water quality. This way, we’ll still be able to ensure that our water quality remains constant while freeing up time and resources to do more targeted sampling when it is necessary. We’re also working towards developing a groundwater sampling program to extend our success monitoring surface water to regional wells and springs. With all of this science-based monitoring, we can ensure that we note any changes in water quality that might threaten our health and way of life. We’re excited about these changes! Water is life here in Western Colorado. We’ve been lucky for the past decades to have good water quality, and we plan to keep it that way with the help of volunteers like you. Want to learn more about specific water quality parameters? Our report and the data that informs it is online for you to explore. You’ll be able to learn more about the North Fork Watershed, water quality standards, field data, nutrients and other inorganics data, metals, bacteria,
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WSCC hiring for Watershed Coordinator position

January 27, 2017
Position Announcement: Watershed Coordinator Location: Western Slope Conservation Center To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts to director@theconservationcenter.org. Application deadline: Posted until position filled Position Summary: The Watershed Coordinator is a full-time exempt staff position with the Western Slope Conservation Center, a small grassroots organization that has been carrying out watershed stewardship, public lands advocacy, and education for the last 40 years. Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Executive Director. Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating various watershed projects and programs including ongoing assessments, monitoring, restoration, and recreation development associated with the North Fork of the Gunnison River, the Lower Gunnison River, and their tributaries. Coordinator will also support continued grant development, communications, and outreach associated with WSCC watershed programming. The Watershed Coordinator will collaborate with WSCC staff, board, and volunteers. Schedule will vary day-to-day and week-to-week, with a minimum of 40-hour weeks. The position will include occasional traveling within the region. The Conservation Center offices are located in the idyllic agricultural mountain town of Paonia at the base of the West Elk Mountains. The North Fork Valley is a rare gem of high quality rural living with unparalleled access to public lands and outdoor recreation including backcountry skiing, rafting, running, and biking. It also boasts the highest density of organic farms in the state of Colorado and the highest elevation viticultural area in the country. Position Responsibilities Program Coordination: Collaborate with Executive Director, WSCC contractors, and partners to develop and implement watershed assessments, plans, and projects. Develop creative and strategic approaches for stakeholder outreach and partnerships Complete ongoing assessment activities Lead implementation of existing watershed assessments, plans, and projects Coordinate with staff and contractors on WSCC-led projects, including restoration, access, and signage projects within the watershed Program Development: Collaborate with Executive Director, WSCC contractors, and partners to develop and strengthen WSCC partnerships with various watershed stakeholders Coordinate participation and engagement in the Colorado Water Conservation Board Gunnison Basin Roundtable and implementation of statewide initiatives Support WSCC watershed committee, including attending watershed committee meetings, providing staff assistance as necessary, and supporting watershed committee events and outreach Grant Management and Development: Lead coordination of ongoing grant reporting; identify and coordinate acquisition of additional grant funding for future WSCC watershed programs Communication & Outreach: Promote and publicize all WSCC watershed projects and programs using traditional and social media outlets; organize educational watershed events as appropriate; support WSCC staff and board in organizing other educational events as needed Volunteer Management: In coordination with volunteers, develop training protocol and resources for new and returning River Watch volunteers; recruit additional volunteers Desired Qualities Collaborative, outgoing, personable, and enthusiastic Excellent writing, speaking and interpersonal skills Excellent organizational and office skills Proven experience with grant writing, management, and reporting Ability to work independently and self-directed as part of a high-functioning team Flexibility Strong commitment to watershed conservation and stewardship — with previous coordination experience in the Gunnison Basin preferred Compensation and benefits: This is a full-time exempt position requiring

2017 Annual Meeting: The Big Picture!

January 20, 2017
Western Slope Conservation Center to hold annual meeting in Hotchkiss As the world gets smaller, WSCC urges the Western Slope to think big Hotchkiss, CO – All community members are welcome to the Conservation Center’s annual meeting from 3-6 pm, at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss on Sunday, February 12th.  Join us for the longstanding tradition of reviewing the previous year of local conservation efforts and looking forward an exciting 40th year ahead. In order to celebrate our 40th Anniversary in style, we’re going to be turning Celia Robert’s beautiful image above into a photo mosaic starring you! From now until Friday, February 3rd, we’re wanting your favorite photos of you, your friends, and your family enjoying the land and water you love. Upload your images to this Dropbox folder, or post them to Facebook or Twitter with the following hashtags: #thisiswhywelivehere #WSCC40 The annual meeting will also feature Dr. John Hausdoerffer, Professor of Environmental Sustainability & Philosophy and Director of the Master of Environmental Management Program at Western State Colorado University. Dr. Hausdoerffer will be speaking on how we draw inspiration from the land with a talk on “A Land Ethic for the 21st Century and the Importance of Place.” In 2017, the Conservation Center will be celebrating its 40th year of public lands advocacy, watershed stewardship, and adult and youth education here on the western slope. We are excited to share with you our many program goals and objectives for 2017. These include improving outdoor access for everyone, especially local youths; conservation advocacy for our public lands; volunteer water monitoring; community information meetings and updates; public-private partnership building; and of course fun community events like the River Float & Fest. The meeting will begin with our annual business, which will include renewing and signing up members, presenting the 2016 financial report and 2017 budget, and nominating and voting on new board members. Nominated board members up for approval include Zach Krapfl, Barry Pennell, and Jake Hartter. There are currently no bylaw changes to be approved in 2017. The afternoon will conclude with a chili potluck and social hour. If you are staying for the food and fun, please bring a food item to share. We’ll be hosting the usual chili potluck, so please complete this online form to let us know what you’ll be bringing. Event Information: 3:00-6:00 pm, Sunday, February 12th, 2017 Memorial Hall, 175 N. 1st Street, Hotchkiss Agenda 3:00-4:30  Annual Business Meeting 4:30-5:15  Program – Guest Speaker Dr. John Hausdoerffer, Western State Colorado University 5:15-6:00  Socializing and Chili Supper potluck featuring members’ great homemade meat and  vegetarian chili, salads, breads and desserts. Please call Alex Johnson at 527-5307, ext. 201, to RSVP and for more information about the meeting. Volunteers are needed for setup and clean-up.   40th Anniversary Annual Meeting Mark your calendars! The 2017 WSCC Annual Meeting will take place from 3-6pm Sunday, February 12th at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. It will be an afternoon of celebration with new and old friends and preparation for

Mountainfilm World Tour returns to the North Fork!

November 8, 2016
Mountainfilm on Tour to Arrive in Paonia at the Paradise Theatre on Nov. 11th Paonia/CO– Mountainfilm on Tour brings inspiration and education about important issues to audiences around the world. The tour will soon visit Paonia at the Paradise Theatre on November 11th with documentary films that will explore the themes connected to Telluride Mountainfilm’s mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Started in 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring. In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival includes a full-day symposium on a contemporary issue, art and photography exhibits, early morning coffee talks, outdoor programs, a book-signing party, an ice cream social, student programs and a closing picnic/awards ceremony. Presentations and panels are scheduled throughout the Memorial Day weekend event with a wide diversity of special guests, ranging from artists to adventurers and academics to activists. Mountainfilm on Tour shares a selection of the films from the annual festival with audiences around the globe and offers Mountainfilm for Students, a free educational outreach initiative for K-12 schools at tour locations. Year-round and worldwide, the tour reaches over 65,000 people on six continents. The show begins promptly at 7:30pm. A Mountainfilm presenter will introduce the films and engage the audience in discussion following the films. Tickets for Mountainfilm on Tour in Paonia are available online at http://mountainfilmpaonia.brownpapertickets.com/ or at Cirque Cyclery, Paradise Theatre, or the Western Slope Conservation Center office. Tickets will also be available the day of the event at Paradise Theatre. The cost for each show is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. See the complete playlist at www.mountainfilm.org/tour/upcoming. Mountainfilm on Tour in Paonia is hosted by Western Slope Conservation Center partnering with Cirque Cyclery. The event is sponsored by Alpine Bank, Western CO Realty, High Country News, Delicious Orchards, and High Wire Hops. To learn more and join the conversation, visit www.mountainfilm.org.

Gravel Mine to Green Space: A Workshop on Community-Directed Approaches to Mining Reclamation and River Restoration

November 1, 2016
Many communities with mining legacies across the country are faced with major challenges of transitioning their local economies while also stewarding their lands and watersheds. Creative, community oriented reclamation can turn environmental liabilities into community centerpieces, generating valuable economic, environmental, and recreational opportunities. The Paonia River Park in Paonia, CO is a prime example of a successful and sustainable post-mining reclamation project. Formerly an in-stream gravel mine, the Paonia River Park is now a fully functioning public-access park with a boat ramp, beach and swimming holes, picnic areas, 1 mile of trails, and ADA accessible features. The Western Slope Conservation Center invites community leaders and restoration professionals to attend a two-day community river restoration and mining reclamation workshop on June 1-2, 2017. At this workshop, attendees will tour the river park, learn about the technical aspects and social impacts of the park, discuss WSCC’s successes and lessons learned, explore new creative funding techniques, network with fellow practitioners and community leaders from mining regions, and leave with an overall sense of what it means to undergo a community-directed reclamation project. Stay for our 17th annual Float Fest on June 3 and tour the improvements along the North Fork of the Gunnison River. Registration will open January 2017, watch this space for more information. For more information, contact Alyssa Clarida at riverpark@theconservationcenter.org or 970-527-5307 x 204!

How to support the North Fork Alternative in your RMP comment

October 5, 2016
Can you believe the leaves are already changing and that snow is falling on the peaks? It feels like it was spring snowmelt just weeks ago. The truth is, though, that it’s now October, and we have less than a month to submit comments to the BLM draft Resource Management Plan. It’s absolutely essential that we each submit comments (as many as you can muster) that provide clear and substantive support for why the BLM must include conservation and recreation protections within their final plan. This includes the North Fork Alternative, B1, plus Special Recreation Management Areas including the Jumbo trails. Want to get caught up on the RMP? Listen to this week’s Local Motion on KVNF which includes an interview with local conservation hero, Bill Day, BLM Field Manager Dana Wilson, and WSCC Executive Director Alex Johnson explaining the plan. To make the comment writing as easy as possible, we have also created draft language by subject area with prompts. You can download it here. We also have several draft comment letters that you can use to write your own comment to the BLM and supporting letter to other decision-makers like the Delta County BoCC: Draft RMP Comment Letter in support of North Fork Alternative (B1) – Full Version Draft RMP Comment Letter in support of North Fork Alternative (B1) – Short Version Draft Letter to Delta County BoCC in support of North Fork Alternative (B1) Our community has worked incredibly hard over the last five years to respond to increased pressures of oil and gas activities within the North Fork Valley. To learn more about the North Fork Alternative, and get all of our resources for the RMP, visit our UFO RMP Page.

16th Annual Float & Fest is Back!

April 7, 2016
Register online today- Click here! Although last year’s float trip was cancelled due to the weather, the Western Slope Conservation Center is excited to announce that our float trip is back! This year will mark our 16th year and we are anticipating an exciting event. Our float trip provides a unique opportunity for residents and visitors of the North Fork to make a splash in our local rivers and it is one of the most popular events in Delta County.  Each year, we work hard to recruit boat captains and conservation experts to take floaters down the river on an educational and fun-filled adventure. This event helps to raise funds for the Conservation Center’s continuing efforts to protect our watershed. This year’s float is on June 4th. Dress to impress this year, the theme is ‘Hawaiian’! Boaters will enter the water at our very own Paonia River Park and will journey down the North Fork of the Gunnison River to the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. During the float, information about the Paonia River Park and the history of this particular section of the Gunnison River will be highlighted. Enjoy lunch and a festival afterwards with vendors and fun activities for all ages. This festival is free to everyone, even those who were not able to float! Tickets for the float include shuttle and lunch. Prices are $25 for adults and $20 for children (8-12 years old). This year we are pleased to announce that we are offering 20 youth scholarships for youth ages 8-17 to float for free thanks to a grant from ‘Ride the Rockies’. *NOTE: a parent/guardian must float with them for safety reasons.* This will be on a first-come-first-serve basis, so please contact the Western Slope Conservation Center if you are interested. Details about lunch options will be available soon! The Conservation Center has been managing river restoration projects for over two decades. Past float trips emphasized restoration projects at Midway, Hotchkiss, and the Curry Conservation Easement (2011), the Hartland Diversion Dam (2012), and the Relief Ditch Diversion Dam (2013). If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s event, please let us know. Our past sponsorship ranges from local businesses to national non-profits; if you value conservation and outdoor recreation, then why not? Sponsorship Levels Class V Waterfall Sponsor- $500: 4 complimentary float tickets- – includes float, lunch, and shuttle (value $100), your name and EXTRA-LARGE, FEATURED logo on event posters, banner, our website and emails, and in press releases.  Class III Rapid Sponsor – $250:  2 complimentary float tickets – includes float, lunch, and shuttle (value $50), your name and LARGE logo on event posters, banner, our website and emails, and in press releases. Class I Riffle Sponsor – $100:  1 complimentary float ticket – includes float, lunch, and shuttle (value $25), your name and small logo on event posters, banner, our website and emails, and in press releases.   We are currently looking for experienced boat captains and rafts, so please contact us if you are interested. For more information about sponsoring, scholarships, the float, or to register*

Gunnison Public Lands Initiative Protects the Lower Gunnison Watershed

April 6, 2016
The Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI) is a coalition of community organizations that are committed to the incredible landscapes, recreation opportunities, and healthy habitats and wildlife of Gunnison County. As the GPLI advocates for congressional protection of our public lands, we support their efforts. GPLI has been careful, methodical, and inclusive in putting together their proposal. They have chosen areas that have strong community consensus behind them and will prove most beneficial to our communities in their natural state. The lands that they have proposed for protection include some of our most important places in the North Fork Valley. Mt. Lamborn is a central feature in our viewshed and the Muddy drainage and Pilot Knob is the source of our agricultural water. The Western Slope Conservation Center has been committed to the protection of public lands in the Lower Gunnison Watershed for 39 years. We work diligently to ensure that the communities of the Lower Gunnison Watershed have intact and functioning ecosystems, clean and abundant water, and well-managed lands with the highest level of protection they deserve. Because of this commitment and the thoughtful work of GPLI, the Conservation Center submitted a letter to Senator Bennet supporting GPLI and congressional protection of some of our most treasured places.

Conservation Center Supports DMEA

April 5, 2016
The Western Slope Conservation Center has worked to protect and conserve the natural resources of the Lower Gunnison Watershed for the past 39 years. Just as we have supported the responsible development of local coal, we also support the responsible development of renewable energies. Renewable energy generation is a wise use of our natural resources, and it also has the potential to create local jobs and generate millions of dollars in economic development. Delta Montrose Electrical Association (DMEA), the local electrical cooperative power supplier in Delta and Montrose Counties, has worked diligently to support the development of renewable energy generation from solar and hydro-resources. However, their efforts have been opposed by a petition filed by the Tri-State Generation & Transmission that essentially penalizes utilities like DMEA when they buy energy from local renewable projects. On March 8th, the Conservation Center submitted a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voicing our support of DMEA, renewable energy generation, and economic development in DMEA’s area.  
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