Projects & Monitoring


Over the last several years, Desert Rivers Collaborative partners have undertaken a number of restoration projects along the Colorado River and tributaries in the Grand Valley. Some recent projects are described below; click on the project titles to learn more about each site.
Recently, RiversEdge West, with the help of numerous partners, cataloged tamarisk and Russian olive removal and riparian restoration projects that have been undertaken in the Grand Valley since the late 1990s. We then worked with Utah State University to compile this information into an interactive geodatabase. The map below provides an overview of previous, current, and desired future projects. Zoom in and click on locations to learn more about each site. Please note that many sites denoted as treated may require additional follow-up work, including secondary weed spraying or revegetation. Vegetation monitoring data are included in the geodatabase for select sites. 



Geomorphic Monitoring

RiversEdge West worked with Colorado Mesa University to assess changes in channel mobility following tamarisk removal along a 51-km reach of the Colorado River through the Grand Valley via GIS analysis of repeat aerial photos and field surveying of channel cross-sections at vegetation removal sites. 

The complete report from this project is provided below.

If you have any questions about undertaking monitoring for your projects, don't hesitate to contact RiversEdge West for assistance. 

RiversEdge West's

mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.



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