Catch the Drift project debuts educational signs |

Catch the Drift project debuts educational signs

The Leadership Steamboat class of 2015 hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in early October to celebrate the installment of four permanent educational signs along the core trail and Yampa River. The signs were the final piece of the group's "Catch the Drift" river stewardship project and detail how to protect rivers through safe recreation
Lisa Schlichtman

— The Leadership Steamboat class of 2015 river stewardship project culminated earlier this month with the installation of four permanent educational signs along the Yampa River Core Trail and the river itself.

The group installed the signs as part of the yearlong “Catch the Drift” project aimed at renewing enthusiasm for stewardship of the Yampa River.

The signs detail how to protect rivers through safe recreation practices, preservation and understanding of the value of the Yampa. Signs are located at Charlie’s Hole, River Creek Park, Weiss Park and Rotary Park and include information on water quality, riparian zone education, the story of the Yampa’s history and information about its status as a free-flowing river.

“The signs were a key point of raising awareness,” said class member Ryan Fleming. “The more information you can put out there, the better. Education is key.”

Fleming said he felt the Leadership Steamboat class’ efforts over the past year were well received.

“I think it went fantastic. We had a great reception via social networks, and everyone we talked to about the project had nothing but good, positive feedback,” said Fleming, who is director of guest services for Resort Group.

Other “Catch the Drift” project components included the creation of river stewardship kits, community education through an event at the Chief Theater in May and work with multiple river stakeholders, including Friends of the Yampa.

The group selected river stewardship as its project last fall, recognizing the importance of the Yampa as a recreational and water resource for the state.

Created in 1992, Leadership Steamboat is an annual leadership class facilitated by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Colorado Mountain College.

A new Leadership Steamboat class for 2015-16 has formed and begun meeting to discuss ideas for an upcoming community project.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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