Watershed PLanning

JW Associates has been active in watershed protection planning in Colorado since the Buffalo Creek Fire in 1996. We have been helping many of the water supply and management agencies throughout Colorado and portions of Wyoming prioritize and plan protection measures in their forested watersheds. Our background in forest management, wildland hydrology and wildfire hazard assessments provides us with a strong skill set to provide our clients with effective solutions to large- and small-scale watershed problems.

We have worked with a number of watershed partnerships on watershed planning. These large- and small-scale watershed planning projects have involved hazard and values assessments, watershed prioritization and targeting watersheds with specific projects to reduce hazards and/or create greater watershed resilience. We pride ourselves in helping stakeholder groups filter through complex issues across large watersheds, to identify specific actions that can be implemented with the stakeholders. 


Upper Poudre River

Upper Poudre River

Upper Poudre Watershed Resiliency Plan

This project analyzed conditions in the Upper Poudre Watershed with the intent of improving long-term watershed resilience. The analysis is used to identify target areas and determine priorities and actions within those areas that would increase watershed resilience. 

C-BT Watersheds

C-BT Watersheds

Colorado-Big Thompson Headwaters Partnership

The Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) Project collects water on the West Slope and delivers it through a 13-mile tunnel beneath Rocky Mountain National Park to portions of eight Northeastern Colorado counties. The CB-T Project includes portions of the Upper Colorado Headwaters, Big Thompson and Cache La Poudre watersheds covering 654,476 acres.

Upper Watershed Hazard Priority

Upper Watershed Hazard Priority

Colorado Springs Utilities & US Forest Service Partnership

The Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) & US Forest Service (USFS) Partnership is a collaboration with the goals of reducing the impacts of wildfires on water supply watersheds.  The partnership is currently revising it's 5-Year Plan that identifies priorities for forest management treatments throughout CSU's large water supply drainage areas.