Conservation and Service

We love our canoeing, kayaking, duckying, rafting, and SUPing. We love our rivers and lakes and the environments that support them. We love them from a few hours at the pool or play park to hours, days or weeks of whitewater or scenic tripping through the Rocky Mountains and beyond. And we even find time (and money?) to help protect the resources, to protect access to the resources, and to encourage and assist others in enjoying the same.

This webpage is intended to be a resource to promote both conservation ethics and action. Please contribute your ideas and we’ll add them to the page.

Individual Service Events

The following are events that members have identified.  You can RSVP to the contact listed or just signup/show up as appropriate.  If you know of events that RMCCers might be interested in, please let Kathryn know at

Goose Creek Cleanup

Sponsored by: Colorado Ocean Coalition Boulder Phone # (720) 253-2007

SNOW DATE:  Cleanup changed to: Saturday, February 29, 10am-12pm, contact the Coalition directly to RSVP or for updates

47th & Pearl Street, Boulder, CO

Come show our waterways and ocean some love the day after Valentine’s Day and join us to clean up Goose Creek Greenway! We’ll be meeting at 47th and Pearl Street in Boulder (by Rock and Resole, 2500 47th Street) and ending at Rayback Collective where volunteers can stay for lunch. Transportation will be arranged to bring volunteers back to our starting point.
What to bring:
– Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and gloves if you have them
– A water bottle
– Waterproof boots you can get in the river with (if you have them)

2020 Ecosystem Symposium: It starts at the top: The intertwined fates of water and ecosystems in the climate crisis.

Sponsored by: Boulder County Nature Association

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Join us for coffee and conversation at 8:30 am – program starts at 9 am and ends at 3 pm. 

Plan to arrive early to have time to park and walk.

University of Colorado Boulder, Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC)

3001 Discovery Drive, Boulder CO 80303

For more information:

RMCC 2020 Service Projects

As RMCC members, we have opportunities to combine our paddling passion with service projects.  The following are projects that we are investigating for 2020 and beyond.  If you are interested in them, please let me know (Kathryn at and I will follow-up with you with additional planning.  If you have other ideas, please let me know and we can investigate the options and see who else might be interested.

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

WRV is “a nonprofit organization that provides an opportunity for people to come together, learn about their natural environment, and take direct action to restore and care for the land.”  WRV is the recipient of the RMCC 2019 Otter Award.  They are currently discussing their 2020 restoration projects and how RMCC members might be involved as regular WRV volunteers, for  a special role in a standard project, or for a special RMCC project – depending on our level of interest.

Team River Runner

Their mission is  “To provide all veterans and their families an opportunity to find health, healing, community purpose, and new challenges through adventure and adaptive paddle sports!”  In lay terms: They “put butts in boats.”

  • The Ft. Carson/Colorado Springs chapter contacted RMCC regarding partnering with them in some way (e.g., to help with pool paddling sessions, with invitations to join our flat water or river trips, with planning other events to include their members, etc.)
  • There are other chapters (Denver, Ft. Collins, Grand Junction, Montrose) that might be interested in a partnership if RMCC members are interested, but not willing to travel down to Colorado Springs.

Conservation News

Protect Colorado Rivers — Water for Colorado. Colorado Water Plan Grant Projects Map.

This map and associated short videos is an interactive resource that illustrates work happening across Colorado intended to ensure we have ample clean water supplies alongside healthy flowing rivers.

Spotlight on Conservation and Service

2019 Otter — RMCC River Conservation Award

RMCC awarded our first, and perhaps annual, Conservation Award – The Otter – to Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. This year’s award focused on river conservation. The awards committee evaluated organizations based on the following criteria:

  • An organization that supports river access, water quality and community involvement.
  • Makes a difference on CO rivers through river cleanups, legislation or other means.
  • The RMCC award will ‘make a difference’ to the Organization or the Event.
  • The organization has a good track record of success.
  • The waterways impacted need ‘support’.
  • The rivers we (RMCC members) paddle are helped.
  • Whether there is a cleanup, event, or project that can be ‘supported by RMCC’.

Sarah Egolf-Tarr, the WRV Development Director, accepted the plaque and $500 check at the 2019 Annual Meeting and Potluck. In accepting the award, Sarah talked about WRV’s restoration work with a focus on their river restoration projects.  For more information on WRV, see their website at   We hope to plan at least one joint RMCC/WRV restoration project each year. 

Thanks to the 2019 Conservation Award Committee members Bill Ashworth, Lindsay Meeks, and G Winter for designing the award selection process and implementing it for us.