Water conservation was a main focus during the two-day Republican River Management Workshop this week.
In the last six years vast improvements have taken place along the river.
Officials hope that by educating those who live near the river, they will continue to improve conditions.
"You can tell that something has occurred on the river and it's different than it used to be. A picture from this spot that showed how chocked up the stream bed was in 2007, and now it's totally clear. A picture's worth a thousand words but when they can come right out and see it I think it's helpful in understanding the importance of what we're doing," says Senator Tom Carlson.
Participants toured various areas along the river and received a first hand account of the major problems that are still being faced today, as well as areas where tree thinning and channeling have paid off.