Why is the river foaming, red or brown?
Typically, when you see a stream or river foaming, or an area with bubbles building up, it is due to naturally occurring substances in the water. These substances can originate from plants, wetlands or soils, and often cause bubbles in our steep terrain.

If there is something suspicious about the foam or bubbles (e.g., color, odor) please call Pitkin County Environmental Health and Natural Resources. If you smell or suspect a gas leak, or believe that other hazardous materials may be entering a waterway, call 911 as soon as possible for direction.

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1. What is a watershed?
2. Why is the Roaring Fork River dry?
3. Who do I call if I think someone is illegally diverting water?
4. Can I truck water to my site if I don't have a well?
5. Where can I obtain information about my well?
6. How do I apply for a well permit?
7. Is well water safe?
8. Who can test my well or spring water?
9. What if I want to harvest rainwater for household use?
10. Are magnesium chloride and sand affecting our water quality?
11. There is a ditch on my property. Can I use the water in it?
12. Can I use the water coming from a below-ground spring on my property?
13. How can I get water rights?
14. Why is the river foaming, red or brown?
15. Who do I call if I saw someone dumping something down a storm sewer?
16. I saw someone running equipment in a stream or digging in a stream bank. Is that OK?
17. Can I move the ditch on my property?
18. Whom do I call about a broken or overflowing ditch?
19. How do I find out who owns the ditch on my property?