TCVEPA


Purpose and Mission statement

    The purpose of the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association is the protection and preservation of the natural environment and its scenic resources; enjoyment and protection of wilderness, wildlife, forests, and streams; restoration of the natural environment; maintenance of the integrity of the ecosystems found within and around the Crystal River watershed; promotion of greater knowledge of the environmental resources of  the valley; and encouragement of human conduct which will sustain these resources.    


    CVEPA acts as a watchdog on government and industry, an advocate of environmentally sound practices, and a leader in the environmental movement in the Crystal and Roaring Fork Valleys.  Although the primary scope of interest is in the area defined by the watershed of the Crystal River, CVEPA may become involved in environmental issues that extend beyond these boundaries.


CRYSTAL VALLEY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ASSOCIATION,   INC

(CVEPA)


CVEPA is an all-volunteer  501 (c) 3 nonprofit environmental organization that was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Carbondale, CO.    The principal involvement of CVEPA is the environmental protection of the area within the watershed of the Crystal River.


Board of Directors:   CVEPA is governed by a nine member board of Directors, with each serving a three year term.  The current Board membership is; 

John Armstrong                Bill Jochems

Chuck Downey                Bill Spence

John Emerick                Peter Westcott

Dorothea Farris                Dale Will

John Hoffmann


 Directors emeritus;

John Stickney

Michael Mechau


Address;  CVEPA

                P.O. Box 921

         Carbondale, CO 81623


Contact;


Annual membership meeting;  Last Sunday in August  in the Redstone Inn


Purpose and Mission statement;

    The purpose of the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association is the protection and preservation of the natural environment and its scenic resources; enjoyment and protection of wilderness, wildlife, forests, and streams; restoration of the natural environment; maintenance of the integrity of the ecosystems found within and around the Crystal River watershed; promotion of greater knowledge of the environmental resources of  the valley; and encouragement of human conduct which will sustain these resources.    


    CVEPA acts as a watchdog on government and industry, an advocate of environmentally sound practices, and a leader in the environmental movement in the Crystal and Roaring Fork Valleys.  Although the primary scope of interest is the watershed of the Crystal River, CVEPA may become involved in environmental issues that extend beyond these boundaries.


News letter:  Probably the first addition to the initial web site will be the posting of the CVEPA semi-annual news letter.  We have some computer compatibility problems to solve first.









OUR HISTORY

     Started in 1972 by a group of citizens to fight a major ski resort proposal at Marble bound to cause dire environmental consequences, the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association (CVEPA) has worked for decades to protect the unique environment of the Crystal River Valley. Below is a summary of our major accomplishments over the years.
     1970s --  After defeating the efforts of developers to secure Forest Service permits for the proposed Marble ski area, CVEPA mounted a major effort to oppose the West Divide Project whose major feature was the Placita Dam on the Crystal River. A big push had been mounted by a variety of interests during the energy crisis of the '70's to build the dam and divert Crystal River water out of the watershed. This battle did not subside until well into the Carter administration when dam building proposals fell under closer fiscal and environmental scrutiny. - One of the most important recent accomplishments for the valley was the abandonment of long-held water rights for the Placita Dam thanks to the legal action brought by Pitkin County - an action supported with near unanimity of valley residents.
     In the '70's, CVEPA vigorously advocated the adoption of state legislation to secure minimum stream flows. 
     Beginning in the 1970's, through the 80's, and into the '90's, CVEPA called attention  to the massive pollution of Coal Creek and the Crystal resulting from Mid-Continent Resources' coal mining activities in Coal Basin and persistently, but with mixed results, called upon State and Federal agencies to bring Mid-Continent to institute corrective measures. Although the mines in Coal Basin were shut down in 1991 and substantial reclamation efforts have been done by the State of Colorado, the problems are such that ongoing reclamation will be needed for decades to come. CVEPA remains actively engaged in efforts, such as the Cow Stomp revegetation project, to alleviate the condition of the watershed in Coal Basin. in 1973 by a group of citizens fighting a proposed ski area above Marble, Colorado, the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association (CVEPA) has worked for decades to protect the unique environment of the Crystal River Valley.  Our most recent big success is getting the Placita Dam off the books, with the help of American Rivers.  Below is a summary of our major accomplishments over the years.

     

     I am honored to have been selected by the CVEPA Board to occupy the seat of President  for 2015.  Working together, we will be able, I believe, to influence the direction of the many issues that affect our lives in the Crystal River Valley.

     What environmental issues are of most concern to you in 2015?  Let the CVEPA Board members know, and we will do our best to gather information, and if appropriate, take a position for CVEPA. We are always looking for new members who can focus on a specific issue or join the Board of Directors.  Be involved, be active, be informed. 

                  - Dorothea Farris

our history

A NOTE FROM OUR PRESIDENT