Six Ways You Can Get Involved...

The Willow Creek Reclamation Committee is always looking for interested citizens to take part in our projects. There are many ways to get involved and contribute to this organization:

1. The WCRC holds meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at 1:00pm in Creede Town Hall. This is an ad-hoc committee, and anyone who attends the meeting gets a vote.

2. We seek participation from individuals who have an interest in:

  • History and historical preservation
  • Chemistry and associated analysis
  • Watershed Education
  • Fish and Wildlife

3. Semi-annual events (spring and fall) with volunteer oportunities:

  • Surface Water Sampling
  • Creek Clean-up
  • Highway Clean-up

4. Sampling events announced as needed:

  • Fish Shocking
  • Macroinvertebrate sampling
  • Sediment sampling
  • Well/ground water sampling

5. We are embarking on weed control within the watershed and would love to have people identify weeds, offer weed control assistance and/or spread the word about weeds.

6. Donate needed supplies, materials and/or funds for ongoing projects. Please contact our office for a list.

We always welcome input on the direction of our activities. We are a community-driven organization that seeks to be a guiding entity in stewardship, preservation and reclamation. If you have ideas, please contact us, or come to one of our meetings!

List of Needed Lab Supplies

What our Volunteers have to say:

“I am one of the owners of Wason Ranch, which is located at the south end of the Willow Creek floodplain. Almost 100 acres of Wason Ranch are in the affected area. I hope to see the floodplain remediated and restored to its former condition as a viable fishery.” -Ed Innerarity

“Willow Creek Reclamation Committee is a desirable organization to be a part of because of the people working with you. We are all working toward improving the quality of our environment.” -Jim Matush
“I started working with WCRC because the need to both restore the floodplain and save as much of our mining heritage was obvious. The fact the community took on this task themselves was very impressive. I wanted to be a part of it.” -Jim Loud

“The Willow Creek Project is testimony to the grit and determination of a group of citizens who wanted to retain the independence and self-determination to decide how to clean up a small mountain stream that flows throught their town.” - Tom Malacek, US Forest Service

“I have been involved with the project since its inception in 1998. I am continually impressed with the dedication and commitment of the local citizens to the reclamation of the creek and the protection of the gold medal fishery of the Rio Grande River into which it flows.” - Kathleen Reilly, Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment