Abstract Muddy Creek is located in south central Wyoming. This half million acre area has been identified as a principal source of sediment into the Colorado River drainage. In 1991, the local conservation district initiated the CRM (Coordinated Resource Management) process to bring together affected interests to effect ecosystem management on a watershed basis. The group has worked to reduce non-point source pollution from both upland and riparian areas using a variety of tools. These include grazing management, prescribed burning, water development, creating wetlands and other practices. Many projects were cooperative ventures involving funding, survey and design, or construction. Site-specific monitoring shows significant improvement. However, improving watershed issues like water quality, storage and flows will take a longer period of time to document. What makes this project unique is that so many diverse interests have come together to seek common ground solutions to watershed issues.
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