About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Yampa Valley Stream Improvement Charitable Trust (YVSICT) is to protect and enhance water quality, trout habitat and riparian areas of the Yampa Valley and adjacent drainages in northwest Colorado, and to educate the public and enhance awareness of environmental water issues.

Since 1985, YVSICT has implemented this mission, each year building on successful projects from prior years. YVSICT has worked successfully with local, state, and federal governments, as well as other non-profits and local entities.

YVSICT looks forward to future stewardship projects.

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College scholarships awarded to Routt County students
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Our History

2020

  • YVSICT and YVFF donate $25,000 to the Yampa River Fund. The YVSICT was awarded grants through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation Covid Relief program, from the Atha Family Foundation and Ski Corp. Environmental Fund in the amounts of $1,000 and $2,000 respectfully.
  • YVSICT is awarded a $20,000 grant for the Pleasant Valley Project from the Healthy Rivers Fund.
  • YVSICT is awarded a $30,000 grant for the design phase of the Pleasant Valley Project from Fishing is Fun, as well as a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Water Plan Environmental Fund for the Yampa River Habitat & Recreation Improvement Project at Pleasant Valley project, in the amount of $117,990.

2021

  • YVSICT is awarded a $40,000 grant from Fishing is Fun and a $34,560 grant from the Yampa River Fund for the construction of the Pleasant Valley Project. Construction on the Pleasant Valley Project is completed in the fall of 2021.

2022

  • Golf Trout Tournament raises over $42,000 for stream improvement in the Yampa Valley.
  • FlyWater, inc. provides the YVSICT with a preliminary Scope of Work for the proposed Butcherknife Creek Project at the Strawberry Park School Campus.

2010

  • GolfTrout Tournament raises $37,750.00  for Chuck Lewis Project.

2011  

  • GolfTrout Tournament raises $30,500.00 for Chuck Lewis Project.
  • Yampa Valley Fly Fishers join Trout Unlimited as chapter 929.

2012  

  • GolfTrout Tournament raises $32,500.00 for Chuck Lewis Project.

2013  

  • GolfTrout Tournament raises $55,500.00 for completion of Chuck Lewis and new Pleasant Valley Project.  Trousils/Humble Ranch donation of $21,000.
  • Received $158,000 in matching Fishing Is Fun grant from State of Colorado for completion of Phase III of Chuck Lewis.

2014 

2015

  • YVSICT invested additional $25,000 towards design plans for the Pleasant Valley Project and commits to $6,000 in college scholarships for the class of 2015.

2016

  • YVSICT commits $6,000 in college scholarships for the SSHS class of 2016, donated almost$5000 to the Burgess Creek Cutthroat Restoration Project, and continued to work towards the Pleasant Valley Project.

2017

  • YVSICT commits $6000 in college scholarships for the SSHS class of 2017.

2018

  • YVSICT commits $6000 in college scholarships for the SSHS class of 2018.
  • Golf Trout Tournament raises approximately $28,000 for the Pleasant Valley Project and other Yampa Valley river projects.

2019

  • Golf Trout Tournament raises over $28,000 for the Pleasant Valley Project,  YVSICT enter into contract with FlyWater, inc. for the design build of the Pleasant Valley Project and enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the BLM for the project.

2000

  • The YVFF raises more than $7,000 for stocking and facility enhancement at Fetcher Pond and Casey’s Pond over the next two years. The CDOW was forced to eliminate stocking at both locations due to the impact of Whirling Disease on state hatcheries.
  • The YVFF donates $6,000 to the Yampa River Management Plan.

2002

  • The YVFF commits to partnering the Chuck Lewis Project with Colorado Division of Wildlife.
  • YVFF GolfTrout Tournament raises $12,000 for Chuck Lewis Project.

2003

  • YVFF donates trout stocking at Fetcher Pond.
  • YVFF receives $2,500 River Beautification Grant for riparian planting project completed that summer.
  • YVSICT commissions hydrology study for Chuck Lewis Project.
  • YVFF GolfTrout Tournament raises $18,000 for Chuck Lewis Project.

2004

  • CDOW and YVSICT draft Memorandum of Understanding for Chuck Lewis Project.
  • YVFF GolfTrout Tournament raises $23,000 for Chuck Lewis Project.

2005

  • YVFF volunteers install 40 new “Catch & Release” signs and posts provided by CDOW along Yampa from Walton Creek to the James Brown Bridge.
  • YVFF GolfTrout Tournament raises $28,000 for Chuck Lewis Project.
  • Fishing Is Fun grant of $150,000 to City of SS for CL Phase 1

2006

  • YVFF GolfTrout Tournament raises $38,000 for Chuck Lewis Project.
  • Over $100,000 expended for materials, work and equipment for Chuck Lewis. Humble Ranch donation of $15,000 for Phase II.

2006-2007 – Wayne Swanson, the Swanson family and friends donated approximately $25,000 to the YVSICT.

2007

  • YVFF GolfTrout Tournament raises $48,000 for Chuck Lewis.
  • Phase I of Chuck Lewis Project completed.
  • Colorado Group grant of $2000.00
  • Streamside Productions donated $604.00 in book proceeds
  • Community Foundation grants $2500.00 and $10,000 Steamboat Ski Corp Environmental Fund grant.

2008

  • GolfTrout Tournament raises approximately$60,000 for Chuck Lewis Project.

2009

  • GolfTrout Tournament raises $36,450.00 for Chuck Lewis Project.

1990

  • CDOW electro shocking studies produce 165 trout where just 17 were recorded before in 1985. The Division imposes a 2 fish limit to protect the resource, the first special limit regulation in the area.
  • The YVFF are awarded “Sportsmen of the Year” by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Colorado
  • Wildlife Commission for their volunteer efforts in habitat restoration on King Solomon Creek, Service Creek, Pearl Lake, the Middle Fork of the Elk and the Yampa River. The U.S. Forest Service follows with two like awards.

1991

  • The YVFF receives an $8,565 grant from the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation to plant native trees and shrubs, install flood control structure and low water trout habitat improvements on 1/4 mile of the Yampa in downtown Steamboat Springs.

1992

  • The YVFF, Steamboat Donations Committee, CDOW, City of Steamboat Springs and the Nature Conservancy co-op funds and material to stabilize some 1,500 feet of badly eroded riverbank. Over 5 days, YVFF members and local volunteers donate over 800 hours to complete the project on City land purchased with Wallop Breaux funding from the CDOW “Fishing is Fun” program. Location: Rotary Park – now the primary launching point for commercial tubing companies.

1993

  • The YVFF receives $14,700 grant for the “Trafalgar Project” in downtown Steamboat Springs.
  • The YVFF receives the Environment 2000 Shining Star Award.

1994

  • The YVFF receives a $7,260 grant from the Steamboat Donations Committee for low water trout habitat improvements in downtown Steamboat.
  • The YVFF Yampa River Trafalgar Project receives the 1994 Steamboat Springs Chamber Beautification Award.

1996

  • The YVFF receives an $8,235 grant from the Steamboat Donations Committee for further trout habitat improvements on the Yampa in downtown Steamboat.
  • YVFF contributes $9,650 in cash and in-kind services and receives co-funding of $23,877 from the CDOW “Fishing is Fun” program. Total project value: $41,762.00

1997

  • The YVFF receives a $7,000 grant from the Steamboat Donations Committee to co-fund “Project Transplant.” Along with a $3,000 donation from the Fly Fishers, a Vermeer tree spade was purchased for use by city crews on revegitation projects around town.
  • The YVFF completes the “Phase Eight” project on 1/2 mile of river behind the Super 8 Motel. A solar irrigated tree nursery is part of the $25,000 project made possible by private donations and grants from the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, the CDOW, “Fishing is Fun”, the U.S. Forest Service and the YVSICT. ​

1998

  • With grants totaling $29,000 from the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Norwest Bank, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, the YVSICT and the YVFF, Eagle Scout, Nathan Proper completes the Butcherknife Restoration Project.
  • After a two year YVFF campaign, the Colorado Division of Wildlife grants “Catch and Release” status to the Yampa River between Walton Creek and the James Brown Bridge.
  • YVFF volunteers post “Catch & Release” signage along regulated section of Yampa River.

1999

  • The YVFF donates $5,000 to purchase 3,000 Tasmanian Rainbow and Soda Lake Brown trout for stocking the downtown section of the Yampa.

1985

  • The YVFF receives a grant from the Steamboat Ski Corporation to improve trout habitat through the town of Steamboat Springs. The YVFF and the Friends of the Yampa complete a habitat restoration project in what is now Rich Weiss Park and down to the 5th Street Bridge. Colorado Division of Wildlife electro shocking study produces just 17 trout.

1986

  • The YVFF receives a grant from the Steamboat Springs Summer Marketing Committee for stocking fish and constructing educational signage for the above Yampa Habitat Improvement Project.

1987

  • The YVFF receives a grant from the Chamber Summer Marketing Committee and in cooperation with the CDOW, the U.S. Forest Service and local anglers publishes the first brochure of its kind in Steamboat, “Making the Most of Your Fishing Vacation in Steamboat.”

1988

  • The YVFF receives a co-funding grant from the CDOW’s “Fishing is Fun” program for the volunteer restoration of spillway and bank erosion problems on Service Creek.