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The San Miguel Watershed Coalition (SMWC) is an independent not-for-profit established in Telluride, Colorado in 1997.

SMWC works to maintain and improve the ecological health of all 80 miles of the free-flowing San Miguel River. We conduct and facilitate river projects, provide community education opportunities, and conduct water quality testing. SMWC engages stakeholders from throughout the 1,550 square mile watershed—from the western San Juan Mountains to the slick rock canyons of the West End—to participate in collaborative efforts that promote our river’s health and the economic vitality of our watershed’s communities.

Our mission is to protect the watershed.

We need your help

Our purpose is to give the communities and stakeholders in the watershed a voice to direct the future management of watershed resources.

Our ultimate goal

Our ultimate goal is to realize a watershed that is healthy in every respect, while offering a sustainable and quality lifestyle for all who live within it.

A river seems a magic thing.

A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.

Laura Gilpi

River News ...

November 17, 2018

SMWC Awarded WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Grant

The San Miguel Watershed Coalition was recently awarded a Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program grant. This national award is designed to address water […]
March 8, 2017
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Upper San Miguel Basin Forest Health Landscape Assessment

A Community Driven GIS Mapping Project The Need… Beetle kill, disease, wildfire, and climate change have the potential to significantly alter the nature of our forest […]
February 17, 2017
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2017 Water Quality Monitoring

The San Miguel Watershed Coalition is set to kick off its 2017 Water Quality Monitoring Program on May 15th. Details… The Coalition currently monitors water quality […]