The Swan River Restoration Project benefits from strong partnerships with multiple government and community-based organizations. Each of them plays a critical role in contributing to the success of this monumental project.
Summit County and Town of Breckenridge: The County and Town jointly purchased a large portion of the land comprising the restoration area in 2005. Since that time, both organizations have been working collaboratively to address the effects of dredge mining on the Swan River and to restore the site to its pre-dredging condition. Summit County is managing the restoration work associated with Phase 1 of the project, which includes 3,500 linear feet of the Swan River between Muggins Gulch Road and Rock Island Road. The County has also committed all necessary water rights to the project.
Dillon Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service: The USFS is the management agency for a majority of the land within the Swan River watershed. The restoration site is surrounded by White River National Forest lands, and the USFS is obtaining easements on private parcels upstream of the site for additional protection of the river. Future phases of the Swan River Restoration Project will address upstream reaches on the easement areas and National Forest System land. In 2012, the USFS formally solidified its commitment to the project through the NEPA process, culminating in a written decision outlining the federal agency’s significant ongoing role.
Blue River Watershed Group: BRWG is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, restore and promote a healthy Blue River watershed through cooperative community education, stewardship and resource management. The organization has partnered with Summit County on several stream restoration projects and has been a key partner on the restoration of the Swan River by facilitating much of the planning and design work thus far.
Colorado Trout Unlimited, Gore Range Chapter: CTU works to protect, conserve and restore Colorado’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. As the local grassroots arm of CTU, the Gore Range Chapter uses cooperation, collaboration, advocacy and education to promote conservation. It is a major project stakeholder and is playing key roles in project decision-making, public outreach and education.
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District: FDRD is a nonprofit organization that partners with the Dillon Ranger District by leveraging the power of volunteers to assure that the National Forest lands enjoyed by millions of people each year are not negatively impacted by their popularity. The organization has provided planning support throughout the project and will utilize its abundant volunteer resources to tend to and monitor the project following completion.
Colorado Water Conservation Board: CWCB was created more than 75 years ago to provide policy direction on water issues in Colorado. With the Colorado Basin Roundtable’s local support, CWCB has provided significant funding for the planning, design and construction phases of the Swan River project through its Water Supply Reserve Account Grant Program. CWCB staff are active members of the project team, providing valuable technical expertise and assistance.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife: CPW manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. CPW is active in project facilitation and decision-making, serving as a technical advisor and project funder.