Estes Valley ​Watershed Coalition

Community Board Members

Additional Grant Compliance:



Fall River
  • Phil DuChateau
  • Marcus Snyder

​At Large
  • Jim Daugherty
  • Frank Theis
  • Jason Chambers

Purpose

What is the Master Plan?


The Master Plan report serves as a guide for future recovery and restoration planning, both in the short-term (1 to 2 years) and the long-term (decades). It will be used to jump start strategic thinking to create resiliency in the river system which will reduce the impact of future flooding and create ecologically healthy aquatic habitats.

What does “resilience” mean? It means different things to different communities. According to the National Disaster Recovery Framework, “Resilience incorporates hazard mitigation and land use planning strategies; critical infrastructure, environmental and cultural resource protection; and sustainability practices to reconstruct the built environment, and revitalize the economic, social and natural environments.”

Acting Watershed ​Coordinator
Lindsay McFarland

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Business Manager

Karen Monks

The flood of September 2013 showed that we still have much work to do to achieve resilient, healthy and safe river systems. The coalition was built in the wake of the disaster upon the belief that the path forward requires a fundamental shift in how we view and plan for our rivers. While many think of the river as a problem that must be fixed, the coalition sees the river as the linchpin in the solution.

EVWC takes a Watershed Approach to recovery and planning. A watershed approach addresses problems in a holistic manner and all stakeholders are actively involved in selecting the management strategies that will be implemented to solve the problems. It coordinates community actions through the development of a common vision.

About

Estes Valley Watershed
  • President / Gary Miller
  • Vice President / Marcus Snyder
  • Treasurer / Frank Theis
  • Secretary / Jim Daugherty

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Estes Valley Watershed Coalition (EVWC) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, EVWC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

The Estes Valley Watershed Coalition expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of the EVWC’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Upper Big Thompson
  • Gary Miller

  • Open

Black Canyon
  • Jay Blackwood
  • Open


Fish Creek
  • Lyle Zimmerman
  • Dawn James

Executive Board Members

What is the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition?

By involving a broad representation of stakeholders, diverse interests are incorporated including NGOs and individuals that work to build participation and acceptance. The plan works to target resources, focusing on manpower and funding to address the important issues identified by the community.

The partnerships formed establish working relationships, improving communication, and allowing information to be shared. Furthermore, these partnerships minimize conflict and promote cooperation, while leveraging resources. Talents, expertise, funding and time are combined amongst many individuals, organizations, and agencies, proving a workforce to achieve large-scale goals. Efficiency is increased by reducing the duplication of efforts through teamwork, providing information for others to utilize and build upon.


EVWC is a​ non-profit organization whose mission is to "promote an ecologically healthy watershed that also seeks to maximize public benefits and minimize public risk, through community engagement and sound science." It is comprised of citizens of the Estes Valley serving voluntarily to support a safe and environmentally sound watershed for the community.


During the post-flood River Resiliency Master planning process for Fish Creek and Fall River, the two River Advisory Committees were formed to give citizen input to the process. As the master planning process wound down, these two groups joined with parties representing the Upper Big Thompson River and the Black Canyon Creek, forming the EVWC to begin the implementation process for the master Plans and to secure funding for projects necessary to maintain all four river corridors in a healthy and safe condition for people and wildlife into the future.