18th annual RiversEdge West conference

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - RiversEdge West began a conversation about conservation, starting today at their Private Lands Workshop.

CMU hosted a panel of experts to talk with the public about threats facing this land near the river, like the invasive species Tamarisk. Conservationists say that open discussions like the one today are the best route to riverside restoration, because this land is often privately owned.

“We ask a lot from our rivers. We ask a lot from our rivers as far as water, development, drought… All these things really impact the health of the rivers. When those things happen, rivers can get sick just like we are,” says Executive Director of RiversEdge West Rusty Lloyd.

This workshop was part of a bigger conference devoted teaching folks how they can help protect our waterways. This was the 18th year for the conference.