To serve Colorado’s Arkansas River Basin communities by addressing locally-identified watershed issues for economic, ecological, and social benefit.
The Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) is a community-generated response to wildfire and its effects on water and communities. As fires in the Arkansas River Basin and throughout Colorado become more intense and frequent – coupled with a rapidly growing population moving to fire-prone areas – the need for community and agency partnerships to address impacts and preserve the health of our watersheds is essential. ARWC is a hub for community-driven fire mitigation, forest and watershed health and post-fire collaborative efforts.
The Collaborative covers all 23,000 square miles of the Arkansas River Basin, reaching from Leadville to the Colorado-Kansas border. Our work includes forest health and wildfire fuels mitigation, post-fire and flood recovery, stream management planning, water quality, stream restoration, collaborative development and stakeholder engagement.