The Roaring Fork Conservancy is conducting a second round of water quality sampling in the Thompson Divide. The Thompson Divide Coalition requested a second year of analysis to build upon the 2010 baseline water quality study, also conducted by the conservancy.
“The addition of the 2013 water quality data will provide a broader, more robust understanding of the Four Mile and Thompson Creek watersheds and help to extend the relevance and viability of the 2010 study,” said Chad Rudow, of the conservancy.
The Thompson Divide is being eyed by oil and gas companies for drilling, and they are seeking permission by the federal government. The coalition was organized as a nonprofit organization comprised of local residents who oppose drilling in the divide.
In 2010, the conservancy conducted the first round of sampling on the Thompson Divide that incorporated two major components: water quality and field data analysis, and aquatic macroinvertebrate (insect) community conditions and tissue analysis. The recent testing employed the same study design as in 2010, but focused only on the water quality and field data components.
“The primary focus of the study was to collect scientifically valid, legally defensible, data prior to potential oil and gas development in that area,” said Zane Kessler, executive director of the coalition. “It will, however, provide useful comparison for any future activities with the potential to affect water quality.”
Learn more about the results of the 2010 study at www.roaringfork.org/tdc .