Watershed Wildfire Hazard Assessments

We have completed more than 15 wildfire/watershed hazard assessments. These assessments followed a procedure prescribed by the Colorado Watershed Protection Data Refinement Work Group titled “Protecting Critical Watersheds in Colorado from Wildfire: A Technical Approach to Watershed Assessment and Prioritization”. See Watershed Wildfire Protection Group below for more information.

These Wildfire/Watershed Assessments identify hazards, prioritize 6th level watersheds, and recommend measures to protect those watersheds that provide or convey critical community water supplies from the adverse effects of post-wildfire hydrologic changes, including flooding, erosion, debris flows, and deposition. We also have completed opportunities and constraints analyses to identify potential next steps for watershed protection.

One of the goals of these assessments is to gather the key stakeholders together to communicate the suggested process, listen to any suggested changes, and build collaborative support for the assessment process. 

Watershed Wildfire Protection Group

The WWPG is a diverse group of watershed stakeholders including the major water providers in the Front Range, Federal and State land management agencies. JW Associates has implemented the WWPG watershed prioritization approach in 15 watersheds in Colorado and Wyoming. 


JW Associates completed a comprehensive pre-wildfire assessment of the Upper Cucharas River Watershed and the identification of watershed protection projects. Our work included a Small-scale Watershed Hazard Prioritization and Targeting.

Bark Beetle Incident

We have completed 15 Phase 1 Watershed Assessments for the USDA Forest Service's Bark Beetle Incident (BBI) team in the Rocky Mountain Region including the Medicine Bow/Routt, Arapahoe/Roosevelt and portions of the White River National Forests in Colorado and Wyoming.