Who is FORR…?

Friends of Rivers and Renewables is a group of citizens working to engage and educate residents of the Roaring Fork Valley around the issues related to healthy rivers conservation and clean energy solutions.

FORR’s projects focus on:

Science - coordinating a Roaring Fork Watershed stream gaging initiative.

Education - sponsoring open and lively FORR Dialogues about water and energy issues.

Community - facilitating public stakeholder collaboratives to assess sustainable hydro opportunities in the region.

FORR seeks to promote the best clean energy solutions—those that protect our environment, use scarce financial resources wisely, and are supported by the community.

Are you FORR these


:: Involving the community in collaborative public processes

:: Utilizing low impact 21st century hydro technologies

:: Ensuring healthy functioning stream ecosystems

:: Employing smart economics to use taxpayer funds wisely

:: Investigating clean renewable energy in the region



Stay tuned for FORR’s next Dialogue in 2013:

Burning our Rivers: The Water Footprint of Electricity

Wendy Wilson, National Director of Rivers, Energy & Climate Programs at the River Network will discuss the current research on the water use and consumption of all power production in the U.S., including both non-renewable and renewable energy sources.

December 3: FORR would like to thank Bart Miller, Water Program Director at Western Resource Advocates for presenting a FORR Dialogue on “Colorado Water at a Crossroads: Options in the face of Energy, Agriculture, Growth, and Climate Change.” We’d also like to thank our event co-sponsors: Roaring Fork ConservancyClean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER)Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE)Aspen Global Change InstituteWestern Rivers InitiativeThe Thompson Divide Coalition, and the Wilderness Workshop.
Watch all our past dialogues on Grassroots TV

Learn more about the City of Aspen’s hydropower project, the Castle Creek Energy Center (CCEC).

In the Press  

A water gap, and a data gap, along the Fork, March 12, 2013
Brent Gardner-Smith, Aspen Daily News

Study documents ’12 drought conditions on Fork and Crystal, February 19, 2013
Brent Gardner-Smith, Aspen Daily News

Drought of 2012 — sign of times? December 3, 2012
Scott Condon, The Aspen Times

Why stream-flow gauging?, September 13, 2012
Guest opinion: Chelsea Congdon Brundige, Sharon Clarke and Seth Mason

How’s the river? In Aspen, that’s difficult to gauge, September 13, 2012
Janet Urquhart, The Aspen Times

We are all friends of rivers and renewables, April 13, 2012
The Aspen Times, Guest Editorial, Chelsea Congdon Brundige

Group established to examine hydropower, climate change, April 13, 2012
Curtis Wackerle, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer

New group hopes to spark discussion of streams, April 13, 2012
Andre Salvail, The Aspen Times