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Eagle River. Photo by Cory Williams.

Eagle River. Photo by Cory Williams.

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Eagle River Water-Quality Data

Eagle Watershed

The Eagle River drains approximately 970 square miles (sq mi) west of the Continental Divide in central Colorado before flowing into the Colorado River. The Eagle River watershed (ERW) is located primarily within Eagle County and includes the towns of Vail, Minturn, Avon, Edwards, Eagle, and Gypsum. The eastern boundary of the ERW is drained by Gore Creek, located at Vail Pass. Gore Creek flows along I-70 through the town of Vail before its confluence with the main stem Eagle River near the town of Minturn. The Eagle River continues to flow along I-70 to its western boundary near Dotsero.

Increased tourism and development in Eagle County is in part due to the high mountain environment and accessible location within close proximity to the I-70 corridor. As a result, Eagle County has become known as a four-season resort destination. Ski resorts such as Vail and Beaver Creek have brought increased tourism and development to the area.

From the early mining days along the Eagle River to the current tourism based economy, the ERW has undergone a sequence of land use changes that has influenced the hydrology, habitat, and water quality of the area. With continued remediation of mine affected areas, expansion of development and tourism, and continued effects related to transportation infrastructure, there are continued and varied demands on water resources within the watershed. Local entities in the ERW who rely on and manage these resources are interested in the assessment of water quantity and water quality to anticipate future management actions to aid in the preservation of the ERW. Water-quality data for the ERW have been gathered together so that interested citizens can evaluate historical changes and current quality of stream water and groundwater within the watershed.

To begin accessing Eagle River Basin water quality data click "Query Data Repository."

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