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Green Corner: Conservation starts with conversation

Green Corner Article
March 2017

“Through communication and diligent management of the aquatic resources in Grand County, LBD will be improving the health of Grand County’s streams one reach at a time. The future of our rivers hinges on the success of the dedicated partners that are participating in the adaptive management that trout Unlimited and other West Slope entities have fought so hard to bring into existence…”

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Green Corner: Issue 1A, Open Lands, Rivers & Trails protects Grand County’s natural beauty

Grand County is a rare commodity in Colorado these days. We’ve all witnessed the widespread growth on the Front Range. And…it’s coming our way. According to the State Demographer’s Office, the population of Grand County is expected double by 2050. We must act now to ensure that the water, land, and quality of life of this special place that we call home is protected for generations to come.

This November, we have a historic opportunity to preserve the Grand County that we know and love by voting Yes to Issue 1A: Open Lands, Rivers and Trails. A Yes vote will:

Protect our rivers by conserving lands that enhance water resources in the upper Colorado River watershed…

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The Next Generation of Water Stewardship

Since 2011, we have been collaborating with the Grand County Water Information Network to help get kids out in the wilderness studying the human impacts on watersheds and the environment.This is the spirit behind the Spirit of the Lake Regatta,  a non-motorized paddling and rowing regatta held on Grand Lake, Colorado. Together we hope to educate today’s youth, and tomorrow’s stewards of our precious watersheds, especially the illustrious Upper Colorado River. But what is the Grand County Water Information Network? In this month’s Green Corner, Thomas Harris* finds out more:

“This month we are spotlighting another great non-profit here in Grand County and what it does for our community. GCWIN’s mission is : To coordinate, manage and consolidate the comprehensive water quality monitoring, information and educational programs in Grand County, Colorado.

The Grand County Water Information Network (GCWIN) is a non-profit organization that gathers data on the waters of Grand County, Colorado. GCWIN was established in 2004 as a collaborative effort to enable better decision-making through science-based water quality monitoring, information-sharing, and educational programming. GCWIN’s water monitoring programs have since expanded to include”…. (read more at Sky-Hi Daily News)

*Thomas Harris currently serves as President of the Infinite West board of directors. Follow our blog to get updates on all of the Green Corner articles!

Green Corner: Colorado Headwaters Land Trust

Colorado Headwaters Land Trust (CHLT) is a 501(c)(3) land conservation nonprofit with the mission to preserve and steward open lands within the headwaters of the Colorado River for vistas, wildlife, agriculture and water, in partnership with landowners and for the benefit of all.

The magnificent Colorado River—the lifeline of the southwest—begins its 1,450-mile journey in Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand County. Several of the river’s headwater tributaries, including the Fraser River, also begin in the county and flow into the Colorado River before the Colorado flows out of the county. These rivers and the landscapes they have created are struggling to retain their valuable natural attributes…

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Autumn Housecleaning – the Green Way

Winter is around the corner and it’s always good to clean up the house and property before the snow hides everything. With that in mind, it’s good to know where one can get rid of stuff in a green way.

Read more of Thomas Harris’ green solutions in his latest Green Corner article at Sky-Hi Daily News here.

Preparing for Winter – Green Tips!

Fall is here and there are numerous ways to get prepared for winter and be green doing so.

Let’s start with one’s car: Tire pressure drops with cooler temperatures and low tire pressure is less efficient on your miles per gallon. So, plan on increasing the psi in your tires by 3-5 psi, after the weather has cooled down dramatically…

Read more of Thomas Harris’ green solutions in his latest Green Corner article at Sky-Hi Daily News here.

Back To [green] School!

It’s getting back to school time and there are numerous ways for both parents and kids to practice the 3 r’s at work or school. Teaching our children good habits now, and leading by example helps them carry it into their adult lives.

First thing we can do is talk to kids about electricity and turning out the lights…

Read more of Thomas Harris’ green solutions in his latest Green Corner article at Sky-Hi Daily News here.

Clean & Green

These days with the rise of allergies, illnesses, and the cost of chemical products, why would anyone still want to use harsh chemicals when they could potentially be the cause of some of these issues? Plus, we all know none of them are good for the environment.

Instead of using expensive and toxic chemical products, try using…

Read more of Thomas Harris’ green solutions in his latest Green Corner article at Sky-Hi Daily News here.

Safe Pest Control

It’s that time of the year again when the bugs like to come out and play and move into our homes. Instead of buying expensive poisons that could potential be gotten into by children, pets, or get sucked up into your vegetables, try some of these natural deterrents.

There are numerous pests that make their way in once spring has sprung. The biggest problem I have found in Grand County…

Read more of Thomas Harris’ green solutions in his latest Green Corner article at Sky-Hi Daily News here

Current Recycling Options 2015

Welcome to The Green Corner. This is a new column offered by Infinite West that will be addressing Green ideas and facts that affect Grand County.

To start off, let me introduce Infinite West to you. We are 501c3 that has been around for over five years now. Our mission is to promote, encourage and support sustainability in Grand County through education and action.

Having introduced ourselves, welcome to spring! I want to start this column letting you know what we have already here in Grand County in the way of sustainability. Let’s start with recycling…

 Read more of Thomas Harris’ green solutions in his latest Green Corner article at Sky-Hi Daily News here.