Upper Green River Network, a Colorado Riverkeeper Affiliate



The Upper Green River Basin covers roughly 21,000 square miles in Wyoming and is a headwater to the Colorado River Basin. Population in the Green River Basin is approximately 60,000 over parts of seven counties with major centers in Pinedale, Green River and Rock Springs.The Upper Green River Basin is Wyoming’s connection to the water of the Colorado River Basin. John Wesley Powell started expeditions from Green River, Wyoming in 1869 and 1871. The basin continues to support recreation, agriculture and ranching. Culturally, the connection from the Green River Basin to the Western States and Colorado River is notable.

Rica Fulton grew up in Southwestern Colorado exploring local rivers, mountains, and canyons. Living in such a remarkable landscape inspired her to pursue a career in water conservation, therefore earning a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and GIS from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. After graduating she moved up to the humid Pacific Northwest and worked at a Geospatial Firm in Portland, Oregon engaged in LiDAR and other environmental GIS products for two years. Passion for the Colorado River brought Rica back to the Rocky Mountains and is currently obtaining her Master of Arts in Geography and Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. Rica plans to finish her Masters in the spring of 2019. Her interests include Upper Colorado River Basin instream flow mechanisms, ecology, flow regimes, and GIS. Rica holds a strong belief that education regarding environmental awareness in the Colorado River Basin is crucial in protecting the precious waterways that define the treasured West.


Location

Department of Geography; University of Wyoming; Dept. 3371; 1000 University Avenue
Laramie, Wyoming 82071