Western Slope Conservation Center

Conserving the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed since 1977

FROM OUR BLOG

Celebrate Our Watershed at River Festival 2022!

  20TH ANNUAL RIVER FESTIVAL AND FLOAT TRIP @ PAONIA RIVER PARK JUNE 4-5, 2022 Celebrate our watersheds and let the Western Slope float your boat!   FESTIVAL - SATURDAY, JUNE 4 PAONIA RIVER PARK  2:00-8:15 PM  This event is free and open to the public. Dust off your dancing shoes, break out the sunscreen, and get ready to party at the 20th Annual River Festival at the Paonia River Park! Live music, food & drinks, educational

Win a Hyside Mini-Max Raft & Support Our Rivers! …2022 RAFTle is Afloat!

The WSCC is raffling off a brand new Hyside 10.5 Minimax complete with a custom Welfelt frame package designed by Welfelt Fabrication, and cataract oars. With an overall value of $4,998, we're selling your chance to win for only $20 a ticket or, better yet!, $100 for 6 tickets.  All proceeds fund future efforts to protect and enhance the lands, air, water, and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed. The drawing will be held at

Action Alert! State legislation to advocate for today!

Every year, WSCC tracks statewide bills and works to organize our community around advocating for legislation that would improve the western slope of Colorado. It is important to follow and advocate for legislation at the state level, because it can have a lasting impact on our communities locally. This year, we have been tracking a number of bills we think will positively influence our landscapes. Sign our action alert below to send a letter to

Highlights from WSCC’s 2022 Annual Meeting

WSCC held its 2022 Annual Meeting via Zoom on March 20th. The meeting included the election of two new board members, announcement of the 2021 Conservation Heroes, an engaging keynote speaker, and much more. Keynote Speaker: Lizzy Potter, an attorney with Advocates for the West who is currently involved in litigation related to the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office’s Resource Management Plan, provided the keynote address. She talked in very specific terms about how public support

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 informed and engaged community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Western Slope.

We envision landscapes defined by resilient ecological systems, where water management, agricultural practices, and recreation opportunities allow people and the environment to flourish.

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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 and public lands. Our stewardship program matches community volunteers with hands-on projects in the field

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.