The Grand County Water Information Network was established in 2004 as a collaborative effort to enable better decision-making through science-based water quality monitoring, information-sharing and educational programming. After its initial successes of building a strong membership base and developing its monitoring programs, GCWIN now has expanded its leadership of water quality monitoring to five programs: Stream Temperature and Healthy Headwaters monitoring along the Fraser and Colorado Rivers, Algae Monitoring of Lakes and Reservoirs, Secchi Monitoring of Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir, and Three Lakes flowing sites Temperature and Specific Conductivity.
To better access to the information we collect, GCWIN has established a publicly accessible water quality database that will hold all water quality data for the county. GCWIN also has developed field-based educational programming that taught over 450 students in 2010 about environmental stewardship and watershed science.
As we move into the next decade, GCWIN will continue to work to strengthen these core programs. We will also look to bring our experience and scientific approach to further monitoring and information projects that will protect watershed health and water quality in the county.