Together, we aim to restore the ecological integrity, improve channel stability, create a low-maintenance Weaver Ditch diversion structure, and enhance the community access and experience of the park. We invited members of the public to participate in the planning process for restoring, and are working to finalize planning and designs.
Once completed, this project will:
1. RETORE THE CRYSTAL RIVER Develop a long-term, self-sustaining solution to improve river stability and fish habitat and spawning areas.
2. RESTORE THE RIPARIAN ZONE Stabilize the streambank, reconnect the floodplain, and replace invasive weed communities and plant monocultures with healthy and diverse riparian plant regimes, while preserving healthy bird and wildlife habitat.
3. IMPROVE THE WEAVER DITCH DIVERSION Create a self-sustaining diversion and head gate structure for the Weaver Ditch to function as part of the river system while improving the water delivery for the Town of Carbondale.
4. ENHANCE THE WILDLAND PARK Enhance the community experience of Riverfront Park through interpretive signs, trails, gathering spaces, and educational programs.
Aspen Valley Land Trust is dedicated to protecting land forever in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys. For 55 years, AVLT has been a trusted community-supported conservation partner helping to ensure the natural and community health of our region.