For a PDF of general watershed group information and a map showing where the watershed groups are located within the State click here.
South Platte River Basin Watershed Groups
Big Thompson Watershed Coalition
In mid-2014, Big Thompson River Restoration Coalition (BTRRC) now known as Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, developed a Neighborhood Reach Representative program as an important element of implementing the next phase of river restoration projects in the Big Thompson watershed. Neighborhood reaches are correlated to reaches in the Big Thompson River Restoration Master Plan (May 2015) that identify preferred restoration design concepts. It is generally accepted that reaches that are well organized will have the best chance at garnering resources to restore their parts of the river.
Shayna Jones, 2525 W. 1st Street, Loveland, CO 80537, PH: 970-962-2768
Big Thompson Watershed Forum
The Big Thompson Watershed Forum protects and improves water quality through collaborative monitoring, assessment, education, and restoration projects. The Forum created Cooperative and Volunteer Monitoring Programs to target water quality and related ecological concerns. The Forum's program goals include: increasing community awareness of water quality issues and watershed stewardship; comparing and analyzing sampling data with existing water quality standards; and determining the statistical significance of any identified spatial and/or temporal water quality trends on a watershed scale.
Zack Shelley, 800 S. Taft Ave., Loveland, CO 80537, PH: 970-613-6163
Boulder Creek Watershed Initiative
The Boulder Creek Watershed Initiative protects and enhances the health of the Boulder Creek watershed through community based stewardship, education, information and action. BCWI has produced 102 educational Watershed Forums at the Boulder Public Library on local, regional, national and global environmental issues. In 2008, BCWI has formed 4 water quality monitoring Stream Teams to measure the health of Boulder Creek and its tributaries.
Paul Hemple, P.O. Box 18, Boulder, CO 80306
Clear Creek Watershed Foundation
The Clear Creek Watershed Foundation focuses on improving water quality through sustainable watershed management. As a Good Samaritan entity, the Foundation facilitates the remediation of the many orphan mine and mill sites in the area not listed as priority Superfund sites; current remediation efforts include projects in North Empire Creek and the Adams County 7 Mile Corridor. Additional projects include wildfire protection planning, wetlands and stream habitat restoration projects, and the Clear Creek Watershed Festival.
Dave Holm, P.O. Box 1963, Idaho Springs, CO 80452, PH: 303-567-2699
Coal Creek Canyon Watershed Coalition
The Coal Creek Watershed Coalition works to restore terrestrial and aquatic environments that have been impaired due to metals and other contaminants. The Coalition has been in existence since 2003 and has expanded its mission to the adjacent Slate River Watershed to create a watershed plan.
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
CPRW is a watershed coalition whose representatives have expertise in restoration science, ecology, collaboration, forestry, local government, and also includes private citizens. CPRW evolved from the High Park Restoration Coalition, an informal effort to address the post-fire restoration needs from the High Park & Hewlett Gulch fires in 2012. Their vision is a healthy and resilient Cache La Poudre Watershed. Their mission is to improve and maintain the ecological health of the Poudre River watershed through community collaboration.
Jennifer Kovecses, 320 E. Vine Drive, Suite 213, Fort Collins, CO 80524, PH: 970-222-5754
Coalition for the Upper South Platte
The Coalition is focused on implementing projects in the 2,600 square-mile Upper South Platte Watershed. Our projects include forest health and fire rehabilitation, river restoration, trail work, and environmental education--almost anything that fulfills our mission to protect the water quality & ecological health of the Upper South Platte Watershed through the cooperative efforts of stakeholders with emphasis on community values and economic sustainability.
Carol Ekarius, P.O. Box 726, Lake George, CO 80827, PH: 719-748-0033
Estes Valley Watershed Coalition (EVWC) The Estes Valley Watershed Coalition is a nonprofit organization that is designed to align watershed restoration and risk mitigation with community and economic development goals using a collaborative, multijurisdictional, holistic approach. With the unique composure between resort accommodations and residential homes, the Estes Valley faces challenges to incorporate interest from the Fall River, Fish Creek, Upper Big Thompson and Black Canyon watersheds. The EVWC will engage and enable citizens of the Estes Valley to achieve safe, ecologically healthy and attractive watersheds which are resilient in design, ensuring resiliency from fluctuating water levels and which contribute to the beauty and benefits of the Estes Valley’s natural resources.
Molly Mills, 1191 Woodstock Dr., P.O. Box 4494, Estes Park, CO 80517, PH: (970) 203-5116
Friends of the Poudre Friends of the Poudre is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Cache La Poudre River from the threats of water diversion, mega-reservoirs, ecologically unsound usages, and insensitive development. Through their membership, they intend to monitor instream flows and water quality levels to ensure quality of life. They aim to protect the remaining free-flow, while enhancing the river's riparian habitat and recreational amenities.
Gary Kimsey, P.O. Box 129, Laporte, CO 80535, PH: 970-211-2957
James Creek Watershed Initiative
The mission of the James Creek Watershed Initiative is to protect and restore the waters of James Creek and its surrounding forest. Our focus has been on reducing nonpoint source pollution from sites impacted from off-highway vehicle use and abandoned mine sites. The Initiative advocates the importance of getting involved in forest management decisions, water quality issues and building partnerships with stakeholders.
Colleen Williams, P.O. Box 110, Jamestown, CO 80455, PH: 303-449-2621
Keep it Clean Partnership
The primary goal of the Keep it Clean Partnership is to implement a regional stormwater management program, not only to comply with the federal Phase II stormwater regulations, but to also address broader water quality watershed issues. The Partners developed a Keep it Clean Plan, which outlined six minimum control measures to address the impact of stormwater runoff on water quality and stream health.
Janice Lopitz, 30445 N. Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304, PH: 303-441-1439
Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group
The mission of the Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group is to assess, protect, and restore the quality of the Lefthand Creek watershed, and to serve as a hub of communication about watershed issues through the fostering of stakeholder collaboration.
Glenn Patterson, P.O.Box 1074, Niwot, CO 80544, PH: 303-747-2089
Save the Poudre: Poudre's Waterkeeper
Save the Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper’s (STP) mission is to protect and restore the Cache la Poudre River of northern Colorado. The river is threatened by several proposed dam and reservoir projects in addition to already being severely depleted. STP is also working to educate the public about the health of the Poudre River and to create a significant “instream flow” program for the river.
Gary Wockner, P.O. Box 20, Ft. Collins, CO 80522, PH: 970-218-8310
South Platte Coalition for Urban River Evaluation
The South Platte Coalition for Urban River Evaluation is an organization with a broad-based membership and watershed focus. SPCURE maintains a well-coordinated monitoring program and develops water quality modeling tools needed to make sound scientific decisions. SPCURE is currently forming a Monitoring Framework to address data and science issues associated with the new nutrient regulations.
Sarah Reeves, 1697 Cole Blvd., Ste 200, Golden, CO 80401, PH: 303-239-5411
The Environmental Group (TEG)
Formed in 1990, TEG (The Environmental Group) is a 501c3 non-profit environmental organization in Colorado. Located in the foothills of the Front Range, spanning Jefferson, Gilpin and Boulder Counties, TEG works to protect the natural lands and resources of the region from environmental degradation. TEG (The Environmental Group) is a longtime proponent of environmental preservation and conservation in the regions that would be affected by the Moffat Collection System Project. As such, TEG has established working relationships with public officials and nearby conservation groups, as well as cultivated a respected, leadership-role in the community with regard to environmental issues. TEG is the core group coordinating action to deal with the proposed expansion of Gross Reservoir and is currently undertaking numerous approaches.
Chris Garre, P.O. Box 7014, Golden, CO 80403, PH: 720-324-7385
Upper Clear Creek Watershed Association
In 1993, local upper Clear Creek entities and downstream users developed a plan to coordinate water quality issues relating to nutrients in Clear Creek, resulting in the development of the Upper Clear Creek Watershed Association. Our membership includes municipalities, counties, dischargers and related entities located in the upper Clear Creek watershed in Clear Creek, Gilpin and Jefferson counties. UCCWA is the designated 208 management agency responsible for testing, monitoring, overseeing and reporting water quality and water resource issues throughout the upper portion of the Clear Creek Watershed.
Phyllis Adams, P.O. Box 3058, Idaho Springs, CO 80452