Over the River Project and Wildlife Consequences

 In Colorado river adventures, Conservation, News, Whitewater Blogged

We’ve talked a lot about how important it is to protect and preserve every part of this great land. With Christo’s Over the River project moving forward, you may have some questions about how this type of art installation will affect the surrounding wildlife.

Over the River is committed to conservation

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the artists behind the Over the River art installation. Photo by Martin Dürrschnabel - File:Christo and Jeanne-Claude.jpg by Martin Dürrschnabel. Li"Christo and Jeanne-Claude crop" by Martin Dürrschnabel - File:Christo and Jeanne-Claude.jpg by Martin Dürrschnabel. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Common

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the artists behind the Over the River art installation. Photo by Martin Dürrschnabel – Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Common

Like the Dvorak Expedition family, the artists behind Over the River, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, believe that the surrounding environment with all its wildlife, plant life and river life, is one of the Arkansas River Valley’s greatest treasures. Because of their dedication to conservation, great efforts have been taken to make sure that potential impacts of this project are minimized, if not eliminated altogether.  We all want to make sure that noise, vegetation, air and water quality during the construction, installation and removal of the art project has as little an impact on the environment as possible.

Book “Over the River” Unique Adventure for Summer 2017

The unwavering dedication to preservation is also one of the reasons that this project won’t be realized until sometime in 2017. In fact, the artistic design of Over the River has been changed over time in order to be more sensitive to breeding and nesting seasons for the local wildlife. Construction buffer zones have also been put in place protecting potentially active eagle nests as well as designated sheep areas.

Over the River to fund new wildlife corridor

Bighorn Sheep, a Native of the Arkansas River, will not be disturbed by Christo's Over the River project

The Bighorn Sheep, a native of the Arkansas River, will not be disturbed by Christo’s Over the River project

Besides protecting what is already there, Christo has pledged to fund a new wildlife corridor that will improve the lives of the bighorn sheep that inhabit the area around the Arkansas River. This is something that the Colorado Division of Wildlife has been trying to build for a long time, and thanks to Christo, the wildlife of the Arkansas River will benefit from Over the River long after it has been removed.

DVK is taking reservations for Christo’s Over the River unique adventure

Dvorak has a number of unique and custom Colorado River Rafting Adventures that are suited for anyone wanting to experience the thrills of rafting the rivers of the great Southwestern United States. We can customize family friendly trips to multi-sport adventures for the adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers. Or you can sign up for any of our unique adventures like Christo’s Over the River, music adventures on the river or a calm and tranquil yoga adventure retreat. Dvorak Expeditions where the first in the country to become a licensed outfitter and we remain one of the best outdoor guide and whitewater rafting companies. We know the rivers and the surrounding landscape. Call Dvorak and book the river trip of a lifetime, customized just for you.

Large DVK logo

Dvorak’s Expeditions – Est. 1969

Family Owned & Operated  

Bill & Jaci Dvorak 

Colorado fourteeners