The Biota Committee of the Snowmass Capitol Creek was formed to learn more about the caucus area ecology and history. The goal of the committee, and the Caucus, is to share this information with all of our residents who are interested, and to invite everyone to participate in the exploration of the natural resources in our back yards.
In 2016, the Biota Committee researched and presented wonderful information on history in our valleys, Sudden Aspen Decline, and the Williams Hill flora/fauna. The Committee also hosted a talk by geologist Kayo Ogilby on the geology of the Snowmass and Capitol Creek valleys. The Committee produced 25 posters on the history and ecology of the area.
Lotic Capitol Creek Study - Executive Summary
From native cutthroat and rainbow trout, to ranchers and rural residents, the Capitol Creek watershed is an essential resource for all who reside in the Capitol Creek basin. But, the watershed needs care to keep it healthy and thriving, especially in the face of regular use and climate change. In order to determine water management solutions that preserve our way of life in the Capitol Creek Watershed, honor the basin’s biodiversity, ranching heritage and shifting water needs, the Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus conducted an investigation to examine the following questions:
How does water use in the basin alter stream hydrology?
How do those alterations impact the stream ecosystem?
How can we best manage basin water use to simultaneously support agricultural water demands and promote functional stream ecosystems?
Ideas for future Biota Committee presentations and activities:
Bob Silbernagel on the Ute Indians (Bob lives in Grand Junction)
Mapping or survey projects
A bird count as a half-day field trip
Overflights with EcoFlight
A photography contest with enough prize money to attract good photographers
History & Ecology of the Snowmass and Capitol Creek Valleys
Below you will find examples of the research and posters produced by the Biota Committee.